Vinyl siding when properly installed can be a great investment for your home. Qualified Remodeler magazine has called vinyl siding one of the best money making home improvements for years in their cost versus value reports.
Unfortunately in today’s market more siding is installed improperly than siding that is properly installed. There are entire neighborhoods with vinyl siding that is buckled, bowed and falling off houses, you’ve probably have witnessed this or maybe even are living with this nightmare yourself.
When purchasing siding, the most important consideration is the contractor, if the contractor is not going to properly install the siding then you surely will have future problems.
How will you know if the siding contractors are qualified?
First let me tell you I’ve been in the business for over 30 years and every siding installer that I’ve ever met has said the words ” I’m the best ” and I learned early on not to put too much stock into those words. Don’t get me wrong, some of those who claim that they are the best are very good, but on the other hand some of them are not qualified to install siding on a dog house. Do yourself a favor and have the contractor take you to actual houses where they have installed siding. In the process of looking at actual finished projects ask the contractor to show you some examples of poorly installed vinyl siding, any good siding contractor can spot a bad job a mile away and should be aware of where some of these bad jobs are located.
Siding jobs can have a wide range in cost, even from the same contractor, depending on product choices and what all is included in the complete siding package, such as tear off, insulation, window trims, soffits, facias, freeze boards, shutters, accessories, gutters and down spouts. My company offers three different thicknesses of insulation for under the siding as well as various insulated siding panels. You can choose from several different soffit systems some where you see every vent and some that have the venting hidden in the ribs of the panel.
Vinyl siding comes in many different qualities, different thicknesses, different lengths, different profiles, different colors and with different warranties. While most contractors offer a standard 12′ or 12’6″ long vinyl siding panel, my company has been selling 25′ long siding for years. 25′ long panels offer a much nicer job with far less seams, the downside is they’re harder to handle and more expensive mainly because of shipping costs.
If a contractor knows how to properly install vinyl siding they can take even one of the lower end siding panels and make a home look good. Low end siding will not be as impact resistant and will be more prone to cracking and fading. When purchasing vinyl siding, like anything else you get what you pay for. There is a saying that goes like this, ” the bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of low price “, and trust me when it comes to your home improvement project it’s a wise saying.
Purchasing Vinyl Siding or Windows can be a great investment and a pleasant experience when dealing with the right contractor.