A recent trip to my local home improvement center revealed just how many siding choices there are. For me, more choices increase the stress of buying smartly. What are the characteristics of siding that I should pay most attention to when evaluating several products?
Samantha S. ~ Cincinnati, Ohio
There are indeed several factors that should be taken into consideration when researching vinyl siding products. Most of these factors are panel thickness, panel length, insulated or non-insulated panels, number of colors offered by brand, and the long term reputation of a manufacturer.
Perhaps the single most important factor to consider when buying vinyl siding is panel thickness. The thicker panels will hide imperfections under the siding resulting in a straighter look and cleaner overall installation. Panel length can also be very relevant to your job, longer panels mean fewer seams and in some cases, no seams.
Insulated panels can help with the overall energy efficiency of your home. Make sure the company you buy from has a positive track record and stands behind its products.