Vinyl Siding is another great service that Robert Moore Construction provides in the Tulsa County area. Vinyl Siding paired with aluminum trim on trim boards can transform the outside of your home. In addition to adding desired curb appeal, it requires little to no maintenance. Compared to other forms of siding, that alone is a huge improvement. Minimal maintenance is a big deal, allowing you to spend more time doing the things you want to do.
Whether wood, vinyl, or metal, siding is designed to protect the structure, foundation, and contents of the home. Without siding, the structure of the home would be vulnerable to the weather elements and susceptible to water damage and storm damage.
Vinyl is a plastic material that can be used as a siding for the home. Many people choose vinyl siding for its reasonable price, integrity, and its ability to imitate other types of materials like wood or foundry.
While vinyl siding can wear and deteriorate over time, it does not rot as wood siding can. With wood siding, you will have to stain the wood every 3-5 years to protect the material and create a visually appealing exterior aesthetic. Compared to wood siding, vinyl siding requires little maintenance throughout its lifetime.
Vinyl siding has been around for decades and has always been a quality product that protects a house against all the elements of the great outdoors. There are 3 primary reasons why homeowners choose vinyl siding.
Over time, many homeowners grow weary of the inevitability of replacing and repainting wood siding. This ongoing process can consume a considerable amount of your hard-earned time and money. With vinyl siding, there is virtually no maintenance required. On occasion, power washing may be needed if you have a lot of trees nearby.
Vinyl siding can easily last over 20 years. Vinyl siding is made out of PVC, a durable product used to produce a variety of building materials including trim and decking materials. Unlike wood products, PVC lasts for years and does not rot.
Vinyl siding comes in an array of colors and styles. Aluminum trim, which accents the vinyl siding, has just as many color options to choose from. The combinations of siding and aluminum trim colors are seemingly never-ending. Vinyl siding comes in three primary styles— clapboard, dutch lap, or siding that resembles wood shake. Clapboard is siding that has a flat look, and dutch lap has an inward bend at the top. These provide two different looks. If you wanted something a little more elegant, CertainTeed’s Cedar Impressions could be right for you. Cedar Impressions resemble wood shake siding. It’s just another option based upon your style preferences. Because these terms may still seem abstract or difficult to visualize, we are pleased to provide you with a sample of each style so that you can get a better idea of which one you prefer.
Siding does take more time to install compared to gutters and roofing mainly because siding is a much more detailed process. Installing aluminum trim around a window or a door frame is a tedious process as each piece must be custom bent and then cut to fit. Additionally, there are many components to install such as house wrap, j-channel, starter, and—of course—the siding. Most siding jobs will take one week to install. Larger jobs can take 2 weeks or more.
In general, our brand of choice is CertainTeed. Our team has been installing CertainTeed products for years, and we are still impressed by their performance. However, if there is a certain product you would prefer that isn’t manufactured by CertainTeed, our team would still be more than happy to install that product for you at no extra charge. If you were to ask me for roofing and siding products I recommend, the answer would be, without a doubt, CertainTeed. I have found that CertainTeed has never failed to deliver superb products.
While vinyl siding can last upwards of twenty years, it’s important to be able to notice when it’s time to replace your siding. Old and deteriorated vinyl siding won’t be able to adequately protect your home from the elements and water damage. Here are some things to look for when it comes to determining whether you need new siding:
Did you know that poor siding installation can keep the siding from doing its job? The most common mistake seen when it comes to siding installation is when the siding has been nailed down to tightly. This prevents the siding from expanding and contracting with fluctuating temperatures. This will cause the siding to warp or buckle.
When installed correctly, you should be able to move vinyl siding horizontally. This enables the siding to expand and contract as it should and will keep it from warping or getting damaged.
A good indicator that the siding on your home is getting old is that there is a lack of insulation in the home. If you notice that your energy bill keeps increasing, it’s time to evaluate what may be causing the issue. Over time, vinyl siding won’t be able to insulate as well as it did in the past.
Old vinyl siding may also make your home more susceptible to water damage and moisture in the home. This can be a sign that there are cracks and holes in the siding.
Mold can form on vinyl siding when there is excess moisture in the area or if the side of your home stays primarily in the shade. While mold, mildew, and algae can be removed from vinyl siding, mold can also cause the siding to deteriorate. If you notice an excessive amount of mold on the siding of your home, you may want to consider replacing the siding. You’ll also want to find any source of moisture that can be causing the mold to form. Check your gutters and drainage pipes to make sure water is travelling away from your house properly.
Vinyl siding is an excellent product and can withstand most elements like high winds and rain. Nevertheless, there is a limit to what vinyl siding can handle. In Oklahoma, hail, tornadoes, and high winds are quite common. As siding gets older, storms can start to cause issues with vinyl siding. Hail can chip the bottom edge of siding, and it can crack any place on the siding if it is large enough or driven by strong winds. Winds can blow pieces of siding off if they are strong enough or if the siding was improperly installed. After these storms have occurred, it’s a good idea to assess the possible damage to your property. As previously mentioned, siding can last over 20 years. During this time period, it is possible that manufacturers have dis-continued a particular style or color. Additionally, the color of vinyl siding does fade from weathering. A brand-new piece of siding in a particular color may not match what is currently on the home because the elements have caused the color to fade. If a storm has caused damage to your siding and if one of these applies, a complete replacement may be recommended through your insurance company.
If you have wood siding that you’re tired of painting and replacing boards, or you know that your current siding is due for replacement, let us know and we’ll be happy to come out to give you a price to replace or repair if needed. Also, we can come out and do an assessment to see if full replacement of your current siding would be warranted through your insurance company.