Buying vinyl siding doesn't have to be difficult, but most people have no idea where to start. Bottom line, you need to choose a vinyl siding that is strong, rigid, durable, and energy efficient, that is also beautiful.
Think about it! When you drive up to a house the first thing you notice is its appearance. A vinyl siding with solid construction will affect how it looks. It immediately boosts your curb appeal and increases the value of your home.
As you shop for vinyl siding, consider the following:
Strong vinyl siding is constructed to perform well over time.
Look for a siding that has been impact tested and has a panel thickness of at least .44. Choose siding with an insulated backing to offer you even more impact resistance and overall strength. Finally, look for features like a staggered or rolled nailing hems that will increase the quality of the install by making sure the connection of the siding panels to your home is tight.
You want your siding to be very rigid.
When the install is completed you want to gaze proudly at the strong straight lines down the side of your house. Your siding should never look wavy, sag, or have any gaps in it.
The TriBeam suspension system offered in the UniShield siding is one of the most rigidly constructed panels available and will make sure your siding will continue to look beautiful for years to come!
How durable is the siding?
Weather is the enemy of poorly constructed siding. A thin siding with no insulation will be quick to dent and chip in a hail storm. A siding that hasn’t conformed to industry fading standards will fade quickly under the heat of the sun. Siding panels in the shorter 12’ lengths increase the total seams on your house – giving wind a chance to pull away those panels and giving water and insects an open invitation to invade.
Finally, look at the warranty. A 5 year warranty is okay. A 30 year warranty is better. A warranty against hail damage and fading is the best. Always ask about the warranty and ask to see it before making your buying decision.
Perm Ratings matter.
Did you know that the average household creates moisture and humidity through normal activities like showering, and cooking? Perm ratings measure how well that moisture can escape the house. Choose a house wrap and vinyl siding product with a perm rating of at least a 5.
Always pick Energy Efficiency.
It's just smart. Look for a siding with a full insulation backer to increase the overall energy efficiency of your home. Your siding covers your entire home. You want it to be at least as energy efficient as your windows, right?