I am looking at vinyl siding project for my house . Besides the looks
and getting the thickest I need some recommendations on what brand to
use . Are all of the major brands ( Alcoa, Alside, Haertland, Mastic )
brands comparing with the same approximate thickness about the same in
quality with respect to UV resistance . One contractor said he
preferred heartland because of superior UV resistance . Aslo what about
that that viny siding which has a layer of styrofoam backing - sold as
" techwall " by a contractor in my area ? - thanks
Consumer Reports did a comparison not long ago. You may want to take a
look at what they found. I suggest you find the whole article, many
libraries have the older issues. Just reading the ratings can be
Thought I would tell you my fathers vinyl siding story. He had Sears
install it over a decade ago with a non prorated warranty. Eventually if
started giving off little balls in vinyl and he complained to Sears. They
asked him for a copy of the warranty since later installations were
pro-rated. He had his and they replaced the whole job. Bottom line is
don't believe it will last forever and find a non prorated warranty from a
company who will stay in business. Or go with some other type of siding
like Hardiplank cement board.
I agree with Art. I know you are interested in vinyl siding, but it
may be worthwhile to check out the Hardiplank. I've seen it at the
Home Depot or at Lowes (can't remember as I'm in both stores
frequently). You can take a look at it and decide.
I'm actually going to remove my newer vinyl siding (3 years) and
replace it with the Hardiplank once the addition is complete. It looks
like a more durable product and you don't have to worry about it
warping or blowing off when it gets windy outside.
A little off topic but still interesting.
We recently put an addition on our house.
The contractor matched the vinyl siding which was put up about 8 years ago.
The colour was no problem.
But the manufacturer now makes the panels narrower and it was impossible to
match them up with the existing siding. And I was damned if I was going to
replace the old siding. So we have a bit of a mismatch which I hope to
conceal or de-emphasize with a climbing vine or something where the two
It's the same scam the candy bar and laundry detergent people use...reduce
the size but keep the same price.
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