There are some good, great and bad types of siding. part 1

There are some go, great and bad types of siding.

Choosing a type, and color of siding of a house is not what you should be thinking.

Instead you should be asking questions as how doest the siding perform in the elements?
What type of mattnace is there?
For my location what type of siding is the best?
Does color have an affect on the siding?
What are the special properties to this type of siding?

The builder has an objective in mind to channel you in to choosing siding that his sider is good at installing. For him there are less callbacks to him about the siding and that is all he cares about.

Most builders and siders have no clue of the properties of the different types of siding available. You have to do your own research, and than you have to force the builder to do it to the information you have learned.

The most popular siding being sold is vinyl because it’s cheep.

Did you know that Vinyl building products have an expansion rate of 1/144 or in other words from winter to the heat of summer it will expand 1” in 12’.

Knowing this lets look at installation if you were to nail the siding tight to the wall sheathing the siding could not expand or contract but instead it would ripple and pop loose from the interlock of the lower piece of siding.

If the sider nails it to loose the wind will make it slap against the wall sheathing, creating wear markers where it was nailed and eventually break.

The darker the color of vinyl the more it expands, and as for using it for soffits (the flat spot under the eve’s of the roof) it sags in the summer.

If you have a driving rain the rain is driven sideways across the siding and is blown into the corner or j channels and runs down the wall sheathing.

Vinyl siding is very forgiving in the hot afternoon sun if a kid throws a ball or a bat at it, but weed weeps are wicked to it. When the weather changes and is cool out side the vinyl is vulnerable to hail rocks from lawn mowers or bumping up against it at cold temperatures.

But that is why siding is installed for to keep this from happening. In my opinion this is a very poor product.

  • Looking at aluminum building products this has an expansion rate of 1/576 or 1/4” in 12’ the siding will slide back and forth.

    Knowing this lets look at installation if you were to nail the siding tight to the wall sheathing the siding could not expand or contract but instead it would ripple and kink leaving creases.

    If the sider nails the siding a little tighter than manufactures specs. the siding will sound off ever time the sun warms it.

    The sound only lasts about 5-10 minutes a day for years, winter or summer don’t matter.

    If the sider nails it to loose the wind will make it slap against the wall sheathing, creating wear markers where it was nailed and eventually break.

    If there is a driving rain again as with vinyl the rain is driven sideways across the siding and is blown into the corner or j channels and runs down the wall sheathing.

    But that is why siding is installed for to keep this from happening. In addition aluminum and salt for driveways don’t mix well the salt will eat big holes into the aluminum so don’t wrap your garage doorjambs with it.

    Or use a snow blower and blow the snow on the siding it won’t be the same in a few years. In my opinion this is a poor product.

  • Looking at steel building products the expansion rate 1/1152 or 1/8” in 12’ this type of siding will act close to aluminum siding.

    Steel siding when salt is present starts a rusting action in 7-10 years the paint will flake off of the door jambs and looks tacky.

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