In my city, Calgary, couple years ago hail storm went thru a
neighborhood destroying every single vinyl sided house walls
like a war zone. Total damage was like ~ 1 billion $. I never liked
vinyl which is also very bad against the fire.
It's 5% in basic thickness. Are they actually the same vinyl or
slightly different products as well as simply thickness? If the same
formulation, the thicker will be a little more resistant to impact
damage but 5% isn't going to make a whole lot of difference. I'd
probably judge more on whether there's any significant difference in
warranty periods, etc., to decide whether one product was markedly
superior to the other in some manner. I think the thickness alone
wouldn't be sufficient to judge as I suspect there are other factors as
On Mon, 30 Jul 2007 05:03:35 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org
What does the maker say the difference is. Like dpb, it seems maybe
they are different in some other way, not just thickness.
There is definitely a difference in quality of vinyl siding. A n'hood
built near me where the houses sold for less than ours has vinyl
siding, and even though I see no vandalism anywhere, I see a few holes
in their siding (total, spread over 150 houses) , badly thrown
baseballs?, ladders leaned against the wall. Plus I see siding blown
off, and some of it in the rain runoff "pond" that every new n'hood
has to have here. I would go find who is missing the siding, but it
looks to me like what I've found got broken also.
IMPORTANT: Buy extra for repairs later. One guy here has chemical or
fire damage (not sure) to several of his pieces. Plus physical
damage, plus stuff blown away in storms. Etc.
Steel siding interferes with off-air reception of radio and tv, and
cell phones, I hear.
On Mon, 30 Jul 2007 19:02:54 -0500, "Steve Barker"
Yes, I heard it. I heard it here.
A guy posted here that it interfered with cell phones. I don't
remember if he said what kind of siding he had.
For that matter, you just posted and haven't said if you think he and
I are right or wrong. Or why you think so, or what kind of siding
you have, or if your cell phone works in your house.
I guess a lot of posts here don't give every detail.
I'll bet 100:1 that the guy whose phone wouldn't work is on the sprint /
nextel network. And yes, my phone works fine inside the steel sided house.
It's a verizon. It works everywhere. My FM radio's work fine as do the
tv's that are on antenna.
Thicker is better. Get as thick as you can. I once seen a cheapo modular
equally cheap siding on it after a significant hail storm. It wasn't
pretty. The siding looked
like swiss cheese. If you're not 100% sold on vinyl, then check out fiber
Fiber cement is tough and can be had pre-painted. You can also paint it
later if you want to change colors.
My house has Hardie Plank on it, and I love it. Vinyl, even quality vinyl
looks cheap and cheezy next to it.
That's just my opinion of course.
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