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Choosing the Right Vinyl Siding Contractor

You’ve decided add new siding to your home.  You have an idea of what you want as far as style and color.  Now you need the right siding contractor.

Siding is a big investment.  It can change the appearance and value of your home.  So, choosing a siding contractor involves much more than just your cost.

A contractor that improperly installs siding by taking shortcuts may void the manufacturer’s warranty.  Checking your contractor’s references and evaluating their siding education and history is important in ensuring you get the best result.  Don’t be afraid to ask your contractor questions.

VSI Siding Installer LogoOne way to ensure you will get the best results and your siding will be installed correctly is to hire a Certified Vinyl Siding Installer.  This accreditation is achieved by successfully completing and passing an examination by the Vinyl Siding Institute.

Choose a contractor who is knowledgeable in all aspects of vinyl siding.  Choose a Certified Vinyl Siding Installer.

You can find a Certified Vinyl Siding Installer in your area by visiting www.vinylsiding.org/vsi-certified-installers

VSI Certified

Tim Wilkins, Jr. – Certified Vinyl Siding Installer

Tim JrIn May, 2014, Tim Wilkins Jr. completed a training course and examination sponsored by the Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI) and is now a Certified Vinyl Siding Installer. By completing this course and passing the examination, Tim joins the top vinyl siding installers in the United States and Canada.

The VSI Certification training course was taught by a VSI Certified Trainer. Before taking this course, you are required to have at least two years’ experience in siding installation. Tim’s certification is valid for three years at which time he will be required to recertify in order to remain on the active list of CerVSI Siding Installer Logotified Installers.

The main things a homeowner will look for in an exterior cladding are low maintenance, beauty and durability. They want and deserve advice and recommendations from a contractor who is knowledgeable in all the aspects of vinyl siding installation. To ensure you’re working with a Certified Vinyl Siding Installer, you can visit http://www.vinylsiding.org/vsi-certified-installers/.

Congratulations to Tim on this important achievement.

Siding is Not Just Siding

SidingAs warmer weather approaches, many homeowners start thinking about improvements to the exterior of their home.  One of those improvements is new or replacement siding.  Siding comes in many different colors, but it comes in different types as well.

Some siding types to consider include:

  1. Traditional Lap Siding – mostly referred to as “vinyl siding,” Traditional Lap Siding is the most popular cladding for homes.  Because of its simple lines, it is easy to install.  Today’s vinyl siding includes many different textures, shadow lines and colors to meet individual homeowner’s needs.
  2. Fiber Cement Siding – This type is similar to traditional lap siding with specific performance attributes relative to the climate where the siding will be used.
  3. Insulated Siding – A home insulation system can have many benefits.  Insulated siding provides a natural beauty from longer flat faces, significant insulation values, sustainability and usually includes a lifetime warranty.
  4. Vertical Siding – This siding comes in different profiles and dimensions to accommodate a wide variety of design styles.  Vertical siding has become more popular as an accent element or design feature.  This has been a great choice for entryways, low porch walls, gables and dormers because of the powerful effect of the pattern of vertical lines.
  5. Shakes and Shingles – This type of siding traces its history throughout American home styles.  Shakes and shingles offer an authentic appearance and eliminates the significant weakness of real wood products, like wood rot.  This siding gives you a true American look of wood without the lifetime maintenance and repair that comes with real wood products.

When selecting your siding style and color, there are some things to consider:

  • Ease of installation – if you’re installing this siding yourself, make sure it is within your skill set and requires no special tools.  Some siding can also create harmful dust when cut.  So, it is important you prepare for that.
  • Energy efficiency – Check the R-value rating for energy savings.  This will help you understand what will be needed as far as insulation under the cladding.
  • Aesthetics – Your new siding will be in full view every time you come and go.  Make sure it is what you want and looks beautiful to you.
  • Durability – When choosing siding, you want to ensure it will have the strength to stand up to every day wear and tear.  Depending on where you live, temperature shifts and severe weather can affect the durability of your siding.

A good contractor can help you choose the appropriate siding for your home style and geographic area.  To ensure your siding is installed correctly, your siding should be installed by a certified VSI (Vinyl Siding Institute) Installer.  VSI Certified Installers are trained in the proper techniques, which will ensure a quality installation on your home.

Custom Home Construction (Siding)

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl Siding

The cold weather isn’t slowing us down.  Our productivity continues on the new home construction as the siding was completed this week.

Once the exterior walls are built and installed, the house is covered with Tyvek, or house wrap.  House wrap prevents outside water from entering the walls and helps seal the home and keep outside air from coming into the house.  Once the house wrap is attached to the house, window flashing tape is applied around all window and door frames to seal out water and eliminate drafts.  Then, vinyl siding can be installed.

Vinyl siding is a plastic exterior siding for a house and used for decoration and weatherproofing.  Vinyl is used instead of other materials, like aluminum or fiber cement.  It is an engineered product manufactured primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin.

Approximately 80 percent of vinyl siding’s weight is PVC resin, with the remaining 20 percent being ingredients that impart color, opacity, gloss, impact resistance, flexibility and durability.  Vinyl is the most commonly installed exterior cladding for residential construction in the United States and Canada.

Vinyl siding was introduced in the late 1950’s as a replacement for aluminum siding.  It was first produced by an independently owned manufacturing plant, Crane Plastics in Columbus, OH.  The process was originally done through mono-extrusion and the blending of colors was done manually.  This process made it difficult to produce and install a consistent, quality product.

Beginning in the late 1970’s, the industry changed its formulation to improve the product’s production speed, impact resistance and range of colors.  In the following decade, vinyl siding grew in popularity in large part due to its durability, versatility and ease of maintenance.

Today, vinyl siding is manufactured by coextrusion.  Two layers of PVC are laid down in a continuous extrusion process.  The top layer is weatherable capstock, which comprises about a third of the siding thickness.  The capstock includes about 10% titanium dioxide, which is a pigment and provides resistance to breakdown from UV light.  The lower layer, known as substrate, is typically about 15% ground limestone (which is largely calcium carbonate).  The limestone reduces cost, and also balances the titanium dioxide, keeping both extrusion streams equally fluid during manufacturing.

For this new home construction project, we used 4.5” Dutch Lap Profile Vinyl in Pebblestone Clay by Mastic Home Exteriors.  Whether you are remodeling your home or building a new home, you can eliminate painting your home forever.

Keep checking back for the latest updates on this new home.  The wells for the geo thermal system will be dug and insulation should be installed soon.