Vinyl Siding

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is becoming one of the most popular forms of home improvement.  It is a kind of two headed creature.  Some scoff because of its “synthetic” nature.  Arguing that it takes away the originality of the homes architecture.  However, advances in the technology of producing “vinyl” siding have made vinyl siding a very worthy alternative.  Manufacturers have added hundreds of styles, colors, grades, and textures to make any architectural impression available to home owners.  Those not wishing to eliminate the architectural integrity of their home by “putting up vinyl” no longer have to fear.

The other head of the creature is that vinyl siding will last forever (at least in our temporal existence).  Vinyl siding will protect the bones of a home from much of what the environment will throw at it, such as rain, cold, heat, and ultravoilet light.

The things that home owners need to know about vinyl siding are really straight forward.


Vinyl siding should have a thickness of no less than .044″. Anything thinner will sag, bend, break, and lose its ability to hold together in high wind.

Vinyl siding should have some kind of color wear warranty.

Vinyl siding should have either a foam underlayment (usually a separately installed .25″ or .375″ fan fold foam board product) or integrated foam insulation  backing.  Any underlayment should be attached using plastic capped nails and taped at all seams with vinyl or aluminum tape.

Vinyl siding style should be considered to match the homes architectural integrity (of course, this is a matter of home owner taste).  Your contractor should have samples or tell you how to obtain samples for you to consider.

For best installation performance, vinyl siding should be installed in tempertures well above freezing.  Vinyl will expand and contract considerably.  If it is too cold and “hung” too loosely, then when the tempertures increase in the summer it will sag and “wave”.  The best temperture for vinyl siding to be installed is 60° F.

The optimal choice of fasteners to install vinyl siding is aluminum siding nails (1.5″ to 2.0″).  However, electoplated or galvinized roofing nails will work fine, but be advised that non-aluminum fasteners can rust over time (not necessarily from rainwater getting behind the siding, but rather condensation build up on the nails).   But absolutely DO NOT use staples.   As a matter of fact, the worse method of fastening vinyl siding is with pneumatic hammers or staplers.

Some other things to consider when planning your siding project.

Will you need to build up or replace your window/door trims?  Do you want new soffits?  Do you need accessories for light fixtures, hose bibs, vents, and utility fixtures?  Do you want your house’s outside/inside corners to be the same color as the siding or do you want to set them apart?  Do you want new shutters?  Will new fascia boards and coverings help the look of your house?  Do the fascia boards need to be replaced because of rot?

Please contact Your HomeWorks, LLC for more information on residing your home and we will be glad to assist you in all these matters.