Vinyl Siding – A Plethora of Home Siding Options

Joseph Lederman

An alternative to aluminum, timber and fiber cement siding, vinyl siding is an engineered product made from polyvinyl chloride used primarily as an installed exterior cladding for construction in the home or other locations in North America.


Vinyl siding is manufactured using co extrusion, which is two PVC layers put together in a continuous process. Lubricants are also added to help in the manufacturing process. Ranging in product quality from differences in thickness and longevity, today the thinnest form is referred to as builder’s grade. Vinyl producers which are higher in cost, tend to be more rigid which may add to the quality and durability of the product. One of the more common complaints of vinyl siding is the tendency to crack in cold weather. The thicker grades of vinyl have an inherent ability to be resistant to deterioration due to cold weather.

The chemical makeup can also vary from product type, which also impacts its life expectancy. The UV coating is what most manufacturers apply to the surface of the vinyl and can filter out UV rays which will harm the product. In the case of vinyl or home siding, the higher the price and grade will result in a longer lasting, sustainable product.

Style & Versatility for the Home

Known for endurance, less maintenance, and versatility, vinyl is regarded as the number one siding material available for home improvements and new construction procedures.

Home siding includes a locking system with nails that fasten the product to the wall. With well designed siding, this system can allow for easy movement along the exterior walls. Few home siding repairs can drastically alter or improve appeal and value of your home like home siding. Siding materials have changed over the years but tend to include:

Vinyl, wood, aluminum and fiberglass siding. Vinyl siding comes with strips and poked holes at the top for easier fastening into walls. Flanges on the top and bottoms are there to be resistant against weather depleting conditions. A special zip tool is used to join and separate the siding strips.

Siding can be available in a variety of styles and vinyl colors. The range of styles normally includes vertical or horizontal panels. Providing lasting beauty and flexibility, you can now choose from a plethora of vinyl siding colors to suit your home décor needs.

Home Siding Installation

In order to install vinyl siding, you will need to take proper caution and follow steps given to you by a professional. You will need to make a checklist to make sure you have all of the tools necessary for home installation:

  • Vinyl Siding
  • Inside Corner Posts
  • Under-sill Trim
  • Chalk Line
  • Utility Knife
  • Tin Snips
  • Line Level
  • Fine-Toothed Blades
  • Snap-lock Punch
  • Unlocking Tool
  • Ladder

Removing anything that may interfere with the installation, such as home fixtures will allow for easier concentration and maintenance. Make sure to check with your state and local provisional codes prior to beginning the project. Vinyl siding installation is a fine detailed process that requires knowledge and experience with home improvement solutions. If you are unsure or have any questions, it would be wise to contact a professional to assist or perform the installations for you. 

Vinyl Siding is a great choice for homeowners who seek to improve the appeal of their home décor space without the troubles of painting and sealing. Even though vinyl can be expensive, this allows for a long lasting, durable product that you will feel satisfied with. With versatility and easy maintenance, it is a simple and practical choice for home and business owners across the country. There are many things to consider before making the vinyl move, so be sure to contact a professional to assist in the entire decision making process.

By: Siding Accessories
Date: 6/9/2011 7:31:01 AM
Great article! Sharing with users about how easy vinyl siding is to install and the durability definitely opens up an exterior option for them. At Heartland Siding, we obviously appreciate you speaking so highly of vinyl siding. On our website we have a tool for builders, DIYers, contractors etc to find the right siding to fit their needs at:

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