The Popularity of Vinyl Siding ExplainedAugust 22, 2016
At Tennessee Thermal, we know that replacing your home’s siding is a great way to increase its curb appeal and keep it protected from a range of issues including moisture, which can be terribly destructive. However, before making the leap of purchasing siding for you home, it is important to know your siding. With vinyl siding being among the more popular currently in the industry, we’ll detail that particular type. The reason vinyl siding has risen to such height in popularity is because it is more affordable than wood or masonry, and is widely viewed to be comparable in durability. Another large factor is that it is considered to be very low maintenance in comparison to other types. The siding we carry at Tennessee Thermal hits on all of these points as it is designed to not chip, crack, warp, or be subject to wood rot. Also, since the color is embedded in the panels, they don’t require scraping or painting.
The aesthetic of vinyl siding is designed to resemble that of wooden siding, which can come in a variety of types and visual layouts. The type can largely be taken care of with various paints and stains meant to simulate the graining of wood. Two commonly seen layouts are “clapboard” and “board and batten.” The clapboard layout is when the siding “boards” are laid out horizontally, whereas board and batten is a vertical layout. There are other stylings available, and ultimately, the style you choose is completely dependent on your tastes. A primary consideration when dealing with horizontal layouts is the length of the siding panels. Siding is usually done in 12’ length, though longer options may be available as well. The length determines the number of visible seams, but the longer the length, the more flexible the siding becomes.
A final siding type that you should be aware of is insulated vinyl siding. This type of siding is available in both horizontal and vertical layouts. What separates insulated vinyl over standard vinyl is that it comes with an insulated foam backing molded to it. This gives your home an extra layer of insulation to help keep your home at a more comfortable temperature throughout the year. The foam backing also adds resistance so your siding can better withstand impactful forces and helps “fill out” its profile. For more helpful information about Tennessee Thermal’s siding products, contact us today and schedule your free in-home, no obligation, consultation.