Ever wonder why vinyl siding is by far the most popular choice for remodeling or new construction? Because it delivers the warm, quality appearance of wood without the costly, time-consuming maintenance and repairs. Royal Building Products siding combines outstanding performance and maximum convenience at a reasonable price.
- Profile: Clapboard or Dutch Lap
- Exposure: Double 4″ Traditional, Double 4.5″ Designer, Double 5″ Designer Dutch Lap
- Butt Edge: 1/2”
- Thickness: .044″ Nominal
Improving the value of your house with vinyl siding
The greatest improvement ever made was perhaps vinyl siding. Vinyl is a maintenance free feature on our home. The cost associated with purchasing and installing it is recovered over time by no longer having the expenses of paint supplies and labor for keeping your siding looking nice. If you don’t enjoy spending your free time on a ladder prepping your properties exterior and applying paint every 6-8 years then you are likely spending your money on someone who does, aka: a professional painter. The tougher the climate, the sooner your property will need fresh paint and the quicker you will recover the cost of a vinyl siding job.
There is another option though! You could possibly paint your building sometime further in the future and just hope it stands up to the weather until you are ready to side it. The obvious downside by not preserving your paint is that it can negatively impact the curb appeal and marketability of your building. So we don’t suggest that. Vinyl siding not only provides maintenance free protection but it also has many options to choose from.
These choices include:
- Dutch Lap
- Board & Batten
- Cedar Shake
- Half Round Shingle
- Straight Edge Shingle
The design possibilities are endless and greater than you may have thought. Vinyl can be installed without vertical seam; smooth finished or wood grain textured and can even resemble knotty wood or stone veneer.
The Advantages of Vinyl Siding
The most obvious advantage would be to just get the paint brush out of your hand. Vinyl siding products provide a dependable and well cared for look to your house for curb appeal. The number one selling point for vinyl is its maintenance free guarantee. Vinyl siding can improve the marketable estimation of your home or office.
Vinyl siding is durable, easily installed and one of the cheapest siding choices available. Vinyl siding helps reduce outdoor noise and air penetration into your building’s inside, so basically it can help your energy bills reduce. Insulated siding is produced with attached foam backing that provides an additional R-4 thermal value. If your existing home is constructed with 2×4 exterior walls and insulated with R-13 fiberglass batting insulation, you can significantly move the overall insulated value of your building. The higher the “R” value provided by the insulation, the warmer the building will be.
Vinyl Siding Installation and New Construction
The process involved with installing vinyl products during new construction is not complicated. Vinyl trim products such as starter strips, window and door channels and vertical corners are first attached to building framing by use of aluminum or galvanized nails or screws. Vinyl siding has openings where the fastener is drawn down to a 1/32” gap. The loose fit allows the siding to move as vinyl products expand and contract as the temperature changes.
Tight fitting fasteners can cause the siding to buckle, a problem that that may not be visible until a major temperature change. Once the trim has been installed, the siding is fastened in the exact same way.
Vinyl Siding Installation for Home Improvement Projects
It is not necessary to remove existing siding before vinyl is installed. It can be put on right over the original siding. The applying process is similar to new construction with a few prep steps. The siding must be installed over a flat surface. If your home originally had clapboard siding, the flat requirement is achieved by installing furring strips vertically over the clapboard at regular distance. The new vinyl siding fasteners are then attached to the furring strips.
What to expect from the siding contractor
A well thought-of siding contractor should provide the customer with a clear and concise estimate of cost, time, and project process. They should remove and re-install extensions such as gutters and light fixtures. If any original wood trim or siding on your home or business is rotting…it should be replaced! Rotting wood attracts termites which aren’t good for a business or home.
A home improvement or siding contractor should also be able to remove loose caulk and re-caulk around all window and door openings to protect the building from future water damage.Vinyl siding is made with small weep holes located along the bottom edge of each siding panel. The holes are designed to release water the got behind the siding during a rain storm.