How durable is vinyl siding?
That is a very common question, as well as a very fair question. However, answering it can get quite loaded and confusing. So I am going to try my best to give as straightforward and answer as possible. Let's start with the most direct concern with most of our customers, especially in the southern states.
The strength of vinyl siding directly relates to the quality of the brand, and the application of the siding itself. While it may not be cheapest option, middle tier to upper tier brands of vinyl siding offer the best options available for proper installation and durability. Not to knock on the big chain stores, but your best option for the absolute best choice in vinyl siding is a dedicated business that deals directly with the vinyl manufacturers themselves.
Below is a brief rundown of the parts of vinyl siding that affect the durability the most.
This is a single nail hem, or nailing strip. It is found on the lowest price economy panels, usually found at the large chain stores. This hem offers the "weakest option", and we generally recommend against this.
This option, the most commonly installed, is the partial curl nail hem. Found on most medium tier panels, it reinforces the nailing area to give more security under heavy wind loads.
This is a full roll over nail hem. Most commonly seen on premium panels, it doubles the strength of the nailing hem and reinforces the primary installation point.
Finally, what is known simply as the "Lock". The part that, well, locks into the upper lock. The medium to higher tier brands offer very secure interlocking, panel straightness, and more strength under wind pressure.
When it comes to wind, you have to consider that wind either "blows" or "sucks". In the South we get strong thunderstorms, as well as gulf hurricanes that create a volatile environment for the weather. Properly installed, contractor quality vinyl siding can withstand up to 110-150 mph wind loads, and the premium brands can even go as high as 190 mph. Tests are done by the Vinyl Siding Institute, http://www.vinylsiding.org/, and most brands have to adhere to strict standards and requirements. Always look for VSI http://www.vinylsiding.org/ certification, and make sure to hire contractors that use VSI certified products.
Will the color fade?
Major, VSI http://www.vinylsiding.org/ certified brands of vinyl siding offer rich, vibrant colors that run all the way though the panel, front to back. This gives the best level of resistance and performance in extreme weather conditions for long life, and lasting endurance. The color through enhancements offer a superior barrier against UV rays, and protect against fade and color washout. As well, brighter colors can help to maintain a lower energy bill, but that is a topic for another day.
Is it truly maintenance-free?
Most salespeople will try to sell you on the "maintenance-free" idea of vinyl siding. While for the most part this is true, there are a few caveats. Vinyl siding does offer flexibilty, weather endurance, fade resistance, and very low upkeep. However, the best option to keep, at least, the fade resistance and appearance up to par is to wash the siding no less than once a year. That very same rule usually applies to your entire exterior as well though. Short of your roof (though that is another debate), all outside home walls should be washed and cleaned annualy to keep the lively appearance and new look of any home.
Vinyl siding will not rot, flake, peel, get termite damage, or ever need painting. It is a plastic resin, made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride), and is engineered to be very durable and long lasting. Although, vinyl siding is not fully resistant to cracking; too close with the weed eater, or hale damage and broken tree limbs. But again, even your roof is susceptible to two of those, and wood is susceptible to all the above damage risks.
Lastly, the possible issue as it concerns fire. I will simply give you the explanation directly from VSI's website, http://www.vinylsiding.org/professional/resources/caring-for-vinyl-siding/. "Vinyl siding is made from organic materials and can melt when exposed to a significant heat source. Vinyl is a combustible material, but will not readily ignite unless exposed to flames from an existing fire. Home and building owners with all types of siding should always take precautions to keep heat sources such as barbeque grills, and readily ignitable materials such as dry leaves, mulch, and trash away from the structure".
Hopefully, this has answered some of your questions concerning the application of, durability, and maintenance of vinyl siding. At Jack Ray Siding, we only use top quality VSI http://www.vinylsiding.org/, certified vinyl siding. We only buy from established, trusted manufacturers and wholesalers, and we only use top quality brand name products. With over 30 years of experience in installation, maintenance, and repair, Jack Ray Siding has a proven and verifiable history of delivering high caliber workmanship at affordable prices.
7/10/2018 08:40:36 pm
Thanks for pointing out that the best way to find a good quality vinyl siding is to get them from the manufacturers themselves. I guess I have to hire professionals whose materials are from the direct manufacturers to ensure that they are using good quality tools. We needed to have high-quality sidings because we bought a house in a location where there could be strong winds every day.
2/15/2019 04:05:50 pm
Thank you for pointing out that when it comes to getting vinyl siding you have to consider the wind. I'll have to keep this in mind as I search for the best siding contractor to help get new siding on my house. Hopefully, I'll be able to find a great contractor in my area.
5/16/2020 07:50:31 am
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7/20/2020 08:06:58 am
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8/3/2020 03:28:42 am
Resilient, Resistant, and On Sale. Vinyl siding is constructed out of a PVC plastic resin, which makes it remarkably strong. Unlike metal or aluminum, it won't rust, conduct electricity, or dent: even if a baseball hits it, the plastic simply bounces back. And unlike wood, it won't warp, rot, or chip.
8/4/2020 09:36:00 pm
What is the average life expectancy of vinyl siding?
Careful homeowners who do their homework before choosing exterior siding for their new or renovated house will already be aware of vinyl siding. Installing vinyl siding is enticing—especially the prospect of never having to paint your home. Low maintenance is a tempting argument for the busy parent or hard-working family and can sound like a dream. Unlike pine board or cedar, this durable material will not rot or flake. Vinyl is available in several dozen colors and can mimic architectural details that were once made from wood. With these advantages, it is no wonder that vinyl has become one of the most popular siding materials in the United States and is quickly gaining momentum around the world.
9/1/2020 03:10:09 pm
I'm glad you included the wind and environmental factors for when choosing a siding. Most people think that all siding is the same, when in fact they're not. The weather that the home is in should always be considered, so that the cost or replacement is lessened.
9/3/2020 03:23:26 am
I really appreciate you for publishing this blog here; it’s really a helpful and very useful for us. This is really appreciated that you have shared the information on how durable is vinyl siding. I love all the information you have shared. Great article! If possible visit this website http://www.proroofing.co.nz/ to gain more idea or tips on the same.
7/30/2021 03:29:29 pm
It was really informative when you mentioned that the brand of vinyl siding affects the strength it has. I would like to have vinyl siding installed on my home. I will have to find a reliable brand that has strong vinyl.
2/14/2022 11:45:17 pm
It helped when you said that vinyl siding does not need painting and will not get termite damage. This is helpful because I want to improve my bungalow house before my senior parents come to visit in March. I am hoping to find a skilled contractor on Friday who can install high-quality vinyl siding at an affordable rate.
2/15/2022 01:51:54 pm
Please try to be lenient with your scheduling needs as products and their materials can have longer than usual ordering times. The global supply shortages have effected all of us and we are trying our best to meet our clients needs. Best of luck to you in your remodeling journey.
3/4/2022 05:46:08 am
Siding is an important part of your home’s exterior. It protects your home from the weather and helps keep it in good condition. There are many different types of siding to choose from, but vinyl is one of the most popular. Vinyl siding is durable and can last for many years. It is also easy to maintain and doesn’t require a lot of upkeep.
3/23/2022 11:49:26 am
It really stood out to me when you mentioned that it is a good idea to find a dedicated business when you are wanting to purchase vinyl siding. My wife and I want to sell our home next year, and we are making some renovations that will increase the value of our home. I will have to find a roofer that is dedicated to handling vinyl in my area.
5/18/2022 02:04:30 pm
While for the most part this is true, there are a few caveats. Vinyl siding does offer flexibilty, weather endurance, fade resistance, and very low upkeep. Thank you for taking the time to write a great post!
7/5/2022 03:10:39 pm
It stood out to me when you mentioned that the brand of vinyl can affect the strength of siding you get. My wife and I want to install vinyl siding on our home so that we can improve the overall value of our home. I think it would be a good idea for us to find a contractor to work with so that we can find the right brand of siding to purchase.
7/5/2022 05:48:57 pm
Thank you for the comment.
7/14/2022 04:57:44 pm
I appreciate you talking about the best ways to maintain vinyl siding to keep it working optimally. This seems a lot easier than other materials I've heard about and that could lessen the hassle of all the constant chores we have here at home. As soon as I find a vinyl siding expert in the area, I'll request for their assistance with this and use your maintenance tips moving forward.
It really helped when you said that the strength of the vinyl siding installation will be dependent on the quality of the brand as well as the application processes. Because of that, we should probably talk to roofers first to get their recommendations to find the best brand. Also, we need to research all the companies in the area to hire the right people before we can finally move into the house my mom and dad passed down to me.
3/10/2023 10:21:55 pm
I like how you mentioned that the durability of a siding installation could depend on how the siding was installed. A few nights ago, my cousin informed me she hoped to have a solution to the damaged or leaking problem of their home. She asked if I had thoughts on the best vinyl cladding option. I appreciate this valuable article, I'll tell her she can consult a well-known vinyl cladding service for a high-quality solution as they can provide details about the cladding process.
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