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5 Tips For Making The Most Of Vinyl Siding

Roughly 32 percent of all new homes in the United States are clad in vinyl siding. Not only does vinyl offer tremendous value, but it also comes in a surprising number of colors and finishes to suit the needs of any homeowner.Of course, not all vinyl siding is created equal; check out these tips for maximizing both the performance and aesthetic appeal of your vinyl siding, from choosing the right product to making sure it’s installed properly.

Go Seamless

If you’ve ever looked at a vinyl-clad wall that’s been in place for many years, you might notice a wavy pattern or ugly gaps, bumps or uneven areas. This occurs when the overlapped sections of siding are installed improperly or when they separate over time. While traditional siding comes in set lengths, forcing you to overlap them and creating seams in your walls, seamless siding is cut to exactly the same length as your walls, eliminating all seams. This results in a smoother finish with clean lines that endure over the years with proper maintenance and skilled installation.

Check Out Textures

Vinyl siding doesn’t have to be boring; while the earliest versions of this product were smooth and simple, modern manufacturers offer vinyl siding in a wide variety of textures and finishes. This means you can have vinyl embossed to look like wooden shingles or planks, cedar shakes, or even tile and natural stone. These textured products not only add depth and visual appeal to the home, but many are so authentic that they can be difficult to distinguish from the real thing.

Focus on Quality

Thicker, stiffer vinyl siding products are less likely to sag over time, and will hold up better to heavy winds and impacts from heavy or sharp objects. While building codes require only a minimum of 0.035 inches in thickness, premium siding ranges from 0.044 to 0.048. Some high-end products go as high as 0.055 inches thick. You can also choose insulated vinyl siding for even greater durability. As a bonus, insulated products could cut energy costs by 1 to 11 percent on average depending on where you live.

Trust the Pros

To make sure your vinyl siding looks its best, hire professional installers who are experienced in working with this material. Skilled contractors can make sure that the siding will keep water at bay, and are also better equipped to install planks straight and even, using the proper fasteners for the job. 

Don’t Skimp on Trim

The trim used on vinyl siding helps to tie the project together, giving your home a polished and cohesive look. Instead of just sticking with basic channels and trim, explore the various options available for your home. Consider not only window and door trim, but also corner beads, crown molding and decorative panels and accent pieces. Remember that you can often combine multiple sections of trim together to create a custom look, similar to the way carpenters combine wood molding pieces to create elaborate finishes on the interior of the home. 

To learn more, contact a company like Professional Home Improvement Inc.