Vinyl Siding and Other Siding Materials

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Our houses protect and shelter us from the elements. All parts of the house – the roof, the four walls, the doors and the windows – work together to fulfill this purpose. The siding, which is used to cover your house’s walls, adds to the physical beauty of your home and protects it at the same time.

The siding can be made of sheet materials, shingles, or boards. To prevent wind and rain from getting into the house, materials used to construct the sidings are arranged in different ways. They can be overlapped or connected to each other via joints. Because building materials expand and contract depending on the temperature, it is not a good idea to make the joints between the siding elements too rigid.

The long-term effects of weather can take their toll on the sidings. Hence, sidings should be replaced whenever possible. New sidings also improve the appearance of your house, increase its future resale value, decreases repair costs and lowers your electrical bills.

There are various materials that can be used for siding. Some of these materials are wood, metal, masonry (e.g. brick, stone, concrete block, tile, marble and granite), composite materials and vinyl or plastic. Vinyl is a good option for people in areas like New Jersey who want inexpensive sidings.

Vinyl siding is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and is available in many colors and styles. Siding panels can come in strips of horizontal and vertical panels, and some are designed to resemble wood shakes or shingles. NJ siding experts use vinyl panels with perforated holes at the top for the nails used to attach the sidings to the wall. A zip tool is used to join and separate the individual siding strips.

To protect the home against harsh weather, NJ siding experts use vinyl panels with interlocking flanges at the top and bottom. This interlocking structure is intended to counteract vinyl’s tendency to expand and contract in hot and cold weather. Proper installation of vinyl siding is critical; otherwise, the plastic strips will be deformed as they expand and contract.

Many homeowners prefer vinyl siding over wood siding. Since vinyl sidings already come in a variety of colors, there is no need for the homeowner to buy paint. Nevertheless, vinyl is just one of several materials (as enumerated above) that can be used for siding; any homeowner should consider both practical and the aesthetic values of different siding materials before picking one of them. For more information about materials for siding NJ residents can use, read homebuying.about.com/od/marketfactstrends/qt/091707_Siding.htm.

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This article was published on 2012/03/24