Vinyl Siding Installation
Vinyl siding installation is one of the top ten improvements a homeowner can invest in before listing their home for sale, according to the National Association of Realtors. A homeowner can expect to recoup approximately 80% of their investment, and greatly improve curb appeal. Even if you are not trying to sell your home, vinyl siding — besides greatly improving the looks of your home — can save you thousands of dollars over the years versus having to have it repainted approximately every 5 years.
Vinyl siding, if installed correctly, can save you greatly in energy costs as it is a very effective barrier against the elements. Several factors will affect the energy-saving benefits you will ultimately obtain, and one of our siding experts will be happy to meet with you and discuss your many options.
The following are must-haves for quality vinyl siding installation:
- an expert siding technician
- thorough inspection for any wood rot
- removal and replacement of any wood rot
- house wrap
- a minimum thickness of 1/4″ fan-fold insulation
- .44 mil or thicker vinyl siding
“Because vinyl expands and contracts so much, even the most expensive siding will buckle and warp if not put on correctly. Experienced contractors take a number of steps to keep this from happening. For example, panels are installed with a 1/4-in. clearance at all openings and stops, such as where a panel butts up against a window or comes to a corner of the house. That clearance is increased to 3/8 in. when siding is installed in temperatures below 32°F. You’ll also see a row of slots at the top of each panel. Your siding contractor should drive his nails through the center of the slots, leaving a small space, about 1/32 in., between the nail head and siding. That allows each panel to move slightly with temperature changes.”
If you are considering having vinyl siding installed on your house — as well as fiber cement siding or cedar siding — please contact us at Russell Roofing. If It’s Russell, It’s Right. Guaranteed!