Of all the available siding materials on the market, the most popular is arguably vinyl — a synthetic plastic wrap that is easy to work with. With the right paint and finish, the panels of vinyl siding can resemble the look of natural wood without the high-maintenance features. But, despite its plentiful benefits, vinyl still gets a bad reputation. Here, an expert wood window replacement contractor debunks some misconceptions about vinyl siding.
It Can Easily Catch Fire
Vinyl siding is an exceptional choice for exterior wall cladding, and for many reasons. In replacements or new home builds, vinyl siding is typically a go-to since it is incredibly resistant to combustion. The material does not contribute to making the fire hotter or spreading it faster and is, in fact, harder to ignite.
Much of this misconception can be attributed to the fact that vinyl releases hydrogen chloride when burning. Although HCL is a toxic gas, its concentration is extremely low compared to carbon monoxide, which is created by almost anything that burns.
It Is Weaker Than Other Materials
New models of vinyl siding is reinforced with better technology, making it more durable and resistant to impact and weather. In fact, a good grade of vinyl siding can better withstand strong winds of up to 110 mph. If it does rip off due to extreme winds, you can re-install the material much faster and easier than other choices.
A wood window replacement company will attest that vinyl siding can last for 20 to 60 years, provided that it was regularly maintained throughout its lifespan. There is no hassle when it comes to cleaning it since you only need a soft cloth, mild liquid soap and water.
If you are planning on giving your exterior an upgrade, choose Kroll Construction. Our company offers a wide range of remodeling services — from gutter installation to bath and kitchen remodeling. We also provide financing options for roof replacement clients. Call us at (734) 999-1022 or fill out our contact form to start a conversation with one of our specialists. We serve homeowners in and around Detroit, Michigan.