Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Benefits of Vinyl Siding for Your Home

When it comes to decorating, the outside of your home can be just as important as the inside. The front of your house is usually the first impression a guest will have of your home. But maintaining the outside of your home is not only good for the appearance, it can also add to the overall value of the house. Adding siding to your home is one way to help update the appearance. There are several different types of siding in Utah to choose from, but what are the benefits of adding vinyl siding to your home?
Vinyl Siding Benefits
Vinyl siding is composed of the plastic PVC, which is a polymer formed during a chemical process between ethylene gas and chlorine. PVC generates less waste during manufacture than some of the other housing exterior choices, results in less waste during installation, and is also recyclable. As a siding, vinyl provides a variety of styles and colors to choose from, as well as being very low maintenance. Vinyl siding will not peel, dent, rot, fade, and is less likely to trap moisture than other choices such as wood. It is also resistant to heat, cold, wind, rain, and insect damage, and never requires painting. Because the color is found throughout the material, any scratches that may occur will not be visible. Vinyl is relatively easy to repair, and will only need an occasional rinsing to keep it looking clean and new.

Vinyl Siding Installation

With proper installation, vinyl siding can be expected to last for around 20 years or longer. In this way, it may be best to hire a professional contractor for the installation of your new vinyl siding in Utah. For example, a professional should know to install siding panels slightly looser rather than tightly in the home to allow for expansion and contraction. If the siding is installed too tightly, the normal expanding and contracting experienced by vinyl will result in damage to the siding that could allow for moisture penetration. Moisture behind the siding can result in additional damage to the structure of the home, as well as providing good conditions for the unwanted growth of mold and mildew. Also with proper installation comes better insulation. Vinyl has a good insulation value, which contributes to keeping your home at a more comfortable temperature year round to help lower your energy costs. 

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