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Why the Type of Vinyl Siding Matters to Your Home

Vinyl SidingVinyl siding is a popular choice for homeowners due to its relatively low cost and upkeep. However, not all vinyl sidings are alike. Read on to learn more.

  1. Some types of siding go beyond minimum standards.

 

The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard 3679 dictates vinyl siding standards, so you should look for this designation on the siding’s packaging or documentation. However, you may want to choose products that surpass these minimum standards. This Old House has more information about the specific measurements of this standard that you can look for.

 

  1. You can choose different vinyl siding styles.

 

The three basic types of vinyl siding for a home is vertical, horizontal and shake (also called “shingle”). These can be further divided into different styles, such as board and batten or Dutch lap, but there are three main styles. When adding or replacing vinyl siding, it’s important to find a style that goes well with your home and environment. Log-style siding can create a rustic look for homes in rural areas, and half-round siding can provide historical accents for older homes.

 

  1. Should you get insulated siding?

 

Once homeowners have chosen vinyl siding and decided on a style, they can also choose to get insulated siding. This type of siding includes a layer of foam insulation fitted to the back of the panel of siding. Adding insulation to siding can increase the wall’s R-value, which reduces energy use. It can also reduce the chance that the siding will sag or warp. Insulated siding, however, carries a significant increase in cost, though energy savings may offset this a little.

 

Not all vinyl siding is created equal, so make sure you think about what you want out of your home’s siding as you consider your options. For further information about installing vinyl siding, contact the experts at Turner Roofing.

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