Recently there was a huge fire in a city near my home. I saw it on TV,
and I drove past the remains today. The old 2 story business with 5
apartments on the second floor (The building where the fire began), was
leveled. Four other homes and two garages were also leveled. There are
some bulldozers there, because they will be removing all the rubble
soon. The news reports said that nothing can be salvaged. One partly
burned garage was already demolished (immediately after the fire),
because it was leaning against a home that did not burn.
But the part that caught my eye were other buildings nearby that are
still standing. All of those buildings which have vinyl siding, even
those as far away as a block, have siding all warped and/or falling off.
Some places have large blobs of this siding melted together at the base
of the house. The buildings with painted wood siding were not damaged,
except those directly next to the fire, where the paint was charred in
If you suspect there will ever be a fire in your neighborhood, DO NOT
install vinyl siding. It does not hold up in heat.
On Tuesday, May 13, 2014 9:19:50 PM UTC-4, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
no but every 5 years theres scraping, sanding and repaiting..
I believe that if a neighbors home has a fire that damages your vinyl sided home the fire insurance will pay for your damages, or your homeowners will cover it.
vinyl siding ends for a lifetime the hassles and costs of repaiting. plus you can get foam insulation board added, to save big bucks on utiity bills
I suppose it depends on where you live. We're in the PNW. I don't think
our house was freshly painted when we moved in almost 10 years ago and it is
just now getting to the point where I see paint chipping off of the garage
door. The rest of the house still looks good but... We are getting new
roofing put on and that will include new soffit because they used the wrong
kind of wood. That will need to be painted so we will be painting the rest
of the house as well. Vinyl siding is not that popular here.
I had vinyl when I lived in military housing. I hated the stuff! One
winter, we had a severe blizzard complete with high winds. The siding blew
partially off on one end of the house. I had to keep listening to it whip
back and whap the house for days on end. Maintenance couldn't get up to my
house to fix it as there was so much snow!
bunch more though. I wouldn't use vinyl on the
looks alone after it has been up several years.
Wish more people would think in terms of fire
safety. California wild fires for example,
there was a famous picture one time with fire
destruction as far as the eye can see, and one
house intact. The guy had used every fire wise
principle he could, the neighbors did not.
Nope. It's still manufactured and available for sale. I expect it's
more expensive than most people want to pay.
Speaking of electric shock, my next door neighbor's home and garage
has aluminum siding. Ten-twelve years ago we had a very strong, very
localized storm rip through our neighborhood and take down tree limbs
and power lines. Afterwards, he'd just walked into his garage when a
section of live wire touched the siding on the garage. Ka-BOOM! I
hollered and began to run over there - then pulled up short, realizing
a mess of live wires and branches were between me and his garage. He
came out of his garage shaking his head. The look on his face was
On 5/13/2014 8:19 PM, email@example.com wrote:
We've had stories in the local papers about idiots who used their
barbecue grills, firepits, or turkey fryers right next to their house,
and in the process melted their plastic siding. Some people just don't
Vinyl is cheap, easy to replace and maintain, but it's also easy to
damage, flutters in high winds, and doesn't give a sense of confidence
in the overall structure.
I like my houses to have brick siding. Just looks and and feels solid.
Costs more but worth it in my opinion.
Rock is free here just for the pickin' it up ... maybe that's why they
call it Stone County . My house <currently under construction> will have
rock <technically Arkansas field stone> up to the bottom of the windows ,
split white oak shakes above . If I can figure out how to make uniform
splits ... might just have to make use of the machine shop to build a device
to do that since I know of no one around here doing that . Maybe a
horizontal band saw , that'd leave a nice rough finish .
On Wednesday, May 14, 2014 5:25:14 AM UTC-7, Terry Coombs wrote:
Should be some "do-it-yourself" on how to split shakes on the 'net. Takes a froe and mallet plus blocks to split them off of. Not a hi-tech job.
Aah, here's one:
On Tue, 13 May 2014 23:35:33 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I've heard aluminum siding interferes with radio reception inside the
house. And maybe OTA tv reception, if the antenna is within the
Same for steel.
If you want to check it out, call some of the companies that make radio
and tv antennas.
Thank You ! That link is now saved in my construction stuff bookmark
folder . I don't have a froe , but I have a neighbor that's a blacksmith and
a couple of OCS's . Also have about 12,000 trees , surely I can find enough
straight wood to make a few shakes !
GOOD vinyl siding still looks pretty good after 30 years if it is
properly installed and not abused. Cheap vinyl siding looks like crap
the day it is installed and goes downhill from there. The same can be
said of poorly installed vonyl siding.
I have never seen any decent steel residential siding over here, and
there is aluminum siding that is quite dent resistant (but it is not
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