When you decide to install vinyl siding on your home you are making a long-term investment. Most vinyl siding will last over 30 years or more so it is imperative that you select the right type. With the hundreds of brands, colors, and varieties available on the market today, it can be a bit overwhelming to any homeowner who is considering installing siding. So how do assess the quality of vinyl siding? Here are a few characteristics of a high-quality vinyl siding:
The thickness of the siding is usually one of the best indicators of a high quality siding. Siding that is thicker than .046” is usually considered to be premium grade vinyl siding. Siding that is thinner then this is often cheaper and not quite as durable.
It is resistant to fading
Over the years your vinyl siding is going to get continuous abuse from the elements. Lower grade siding is usually much more susceptible to fading. Older siding is much more vulnerable to fading. Recently manufactured siding is less so.
It is strong
The thicker the siding, the stronger it is. One of the main ingredients in vinyl siding is polyvinyl chloride, also known as PVC. But not all PVC is created equal. Many vinyl sidings on the market are made from recycled PVC or regrind materials, which are lower in quality. Virgin PVC, meaning PVC that has never been recycled, is usually what most high quality vinyl sidings are made of. Oftentimes, many manufacturers will also add additional additives to make it stronger. Other considerations to take when assessing the strength of siding is whether it is insulated or not. Insulated siding is more impact resistant then non-insulated. Insulated siding is often more expensive and more difficult to install as well.
Many high quality vinyl sidings have a twenty-five year or longer warranty. Anything warranties that are below this time length are typically of lower quality and cheaper. Be sure to pay attention to what kind of warranty is included. Most warranties include material costs, but not the cost of labor to replace it.
Top Vinyl Siding Brands
If you are considering installing vinyl siding on your home, take a look at the brands below:
A producer of not only vinyl siding, but also roofing, insulation, and trim, CertainTeed is considered one of the top siding brands in the market today. They also offer credentials to contractors who are certified in installing their products.
Kaycan produces a wide variety of siding products as well as windows and soffits. What is really neat is they have a Home Designer on their website that allows you to visualize their products on your house or other homes.
A manufacturer of siding, windows, gutters/downspouts, and insulation, Alside offers some of the most comprehensive limited lifetime warranties available.
Norandex is a company that is over 65 years old specializing in the manufacturing of siding (both vinyl and composite), doors, and windows.