When you call our office to make an appointment for a siding estimate you will be asked the following questions:
- What style of house do you have?
- Have you seen any siding samples, colors, or a certain style you liked?
- When do you see yourself making a decision on your home project?
- Will all people that have input on the decision be present for the demonstration?
- Will our Financing Services be Of Interest to You?
We ask these questions so we can be fully prepared to meet your needs. After the estimate is confirmed we will meet with you in your home to further discuss your needs and propose appropriate options. We will show you a sample of the siding products and describe the remodeling process. We will take measurements, ask for design choices and provide you with a written estimate before we leave your home.
If you’ve been thinking of vinyl siding for your home, you’ve picked a good time. Vinyl quality has never been better and the range of design options is truly impressive. Among these are new trim profiles that go a long way toward making vinyl look more like traditional wood siding, especially the trim options. The purist’s lament has, of course, always been that vinyl simply looks too much like the plastic that it is. True enough, but with vinyl now claiming 50 percent of the market—as much as all other exteriors combined—perceptions are clearly changing.
There are good reasons for vinyl’s growing popularity. Manufacturers have spent 30 years improving its appearance and durability, while we’ve crammed more and more activities and work into each week. Today, more than ever, we’re inclined to focus on the gift of time that a low-maintenance product represents. And the more we see vinyl being installed, the more acceptable its peculiarities become. To a great many homeowners these days, vinyl is a reasonable response to modern times.
Now you can have your gingerbread, and eat it, too. Vinyl siding makers jump on the architectural-millwork bandwagon, producing traditional profiles and details that never need painting. From Country Victorian (above) to upscale Colonial (lead photo), the possibilities have never been more varied.
A Vinyl Siding Introduction
Vinyl is made from a PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic resin that’s heated until molten and then extruded into sheets. The sheets are then embossed with a brushed or wood-grain pattern that provides textural interest and dulls PVC’s inherently shiny and synthetic-looking surface. While still hot, the sheets are formed into siding panel profiles. Manufacturers use additives to improve impact resistance, and to prevent ultraviolet damage and color fading. Color pigments are mixed with the vinyl resin before the plastic is extruded, so vinyl color is full depth.
Fancy Siding, Fancy Trim
Just because consumers seem to be getting used to vinyl’s traditionally bland appearance doesn’t mean manufacturers have stopped trying to rival the look of classic wood. In fact, that’s where the really innovative advances are being made. It can be as simple as an extra line in a profile or as ambitious as attempting to copy the look of split-cedar shingles. One example is beaded siding made by Alside Building Products. It’s based on a traditional architectural detail of mid-Atlantic Coast homes. Another recent development is variegated color in some premium sidings. Highlight colors are achieved in two ways—either by dropping beads of pigment into the extruder as the siding is being made, or by applying nearly clear acrylic films over a weathered cedar-embossed panel. The result is a very natural appearance, unlike anything available before. A more significant departure from standard lap siding is paneling with the look of weathered or painted cedar shakes. This can be used as an accent on gables or as a whole-house siding treatment.
The double thickness of rolled nailing hem and extra thick vinyl both increase rigidity and wind resistance.
Alside’s exclusive TriBeam™ Design gives Charter Oak superior rigidity, while a double-thick nail hem enables it to withstand high winds. Charter Oak has been independently tested to resist Category 5 hurricane-force winds.
Siding shape can increase strength. The deep Dutch-lap design shown here creates greater stiffness than a shallow profile.
Beaded vinyl siding provides elegant shadow lines and detail typical of traditional mid-Atlantic architecture.
Cedar-shake panels work as accents or can be applied to the entire house. The result mimics a New England summer home. And finally, many manufacturers now offer the look of hand-sawn, fish-scale cedar shingles. These come in 36- to 64-in. panels that look convincingly Old World, whether used on a true Victorian home or its modern suburban counterpart. But it’s the new trim options that really improve the look of the average vinyl siding installation, and most of them are not terribly expensive. For example, instead of the typical flat, boring corner details of conventional vinyl, makers now offer extra-wide corner boards in both smooth and fluted profiles. The two sides are joined by classic quarter-round trim, which is available in matching or contrasting colors. You can even add a touch of class to the underside of roof overhangs with beaded soffit panels. When it comes to window detailing, the traditional look of wood without the fuss has never been easier to find. Makers offer a range of alternatives from Victorian-style corner rosettes accenting 3 1/2-in.-wide channel trim to classic crown molding. And many of these trim pieces are available in light and dark designer colors.
The look of hand-sawn, fish-scale shingles is perfect for this type of Victorian-period decorative work.
Five-in.-wide vinyl corner boards are joined by quarter-round trim to create an elegant alternative to conventional vinyl corners.
For a classic look without the maintenance, crown molding window trim kits are available as part of the siding package.
Over the long term, vinyl siding can be cost effective. Siding is much more inexpensive than repainting and repairing wood on a home. The initial cost of vinyl siding will vary depending on the size of the home and the quality of the siding. Vinyl siding comes in many grains and thickness that will affect the total cost. Vinyl siding in conjuntion with insulation reduces energy bills. This is why the government has made tax rebates available with the insulation properties of vinyl siding installations.