Monday, February 27th, 2012 by Pinnacle Exteriors
Giving your exterior walls a little TLC every now and then can freshen it up and revive its protection against the weather elements, and looking to replace your existing old and worn wooden sidings with vinyl sidingalternatives might give you a more durable yet equally handsome option. Early in the new millennium, homeowners started taking to these vinyl alternatives, boosting the popularity of these inexpensive and easy to maintain plastic siding material. Your conventional wood or brick siding covers the outside of your home needs to be repaired every now and then when external elements as well as the inherent qualities of its material cause it to wear out, chip, crack, or peel. Vinyl ones, on the other hand, give you the same elegant classical look without the need for all these concerns – there is no paint to peel or chip nor is there a porous surface to protect against moisture. Although some may opt to do their new siding installation themselves, the best way to do it really is to consult professional contractors who can do the work more competently and with the best possible results.
Conventionally, with wood, cement, or masonry siding, you would have to do periodic maintenance as refinishing, crack repairs, and repainting. You would have to deal with material damage such as insect and water damage, warping, twisting, water freezing and thawing damage, and other weather-related damage. Replacing these kinds of sidings would cost you upwards of $10,000 to about $25,000 for 3,200 square feet of siding material, along with other expenses as manpower costs, dismantling costs, and other incidentals. With new vinyl siding material, maintenance work is minimal with only a quick washing necessary to clear away accumulated dirt and debris. Costs would also be limited below $10,000 for refurbishing external wall sidings of the same area – that’s a lot of savings considering that your new vinyl sidings could last for as long as over fifty years.
Since its introduction in the market, there are controversies surrounding the use of this new material that are not completely baseless particularly concerning its suitability and environmental impact. This notwithstanding, these plastic sidings are still one of the most affordable and cost-efficient options homeowners can turn to in times when sidings need to be replaced at a time when finances are quite tight. When looking for a siding contractor to install your new vinyl sidings for you, it is necessary to ensure that the right people are contracted for the job – there are numerous siding contractors out there but, sadly, not all of them can do a good job. Checking to see that the contractor that you choose is licensed under the Certified Installer Program of the Vinyl Siding Institute is one way for you to see whether he is indeed qualified to do the job that you require. Taking the time to ask around and investigate the qualifications of your candidate contractors for your vinyl siding installation will save you a lot of headaches botched jobs and other unexpected hassles you are unprepared for could cause.
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