Best Value Window And Door Company

2128 E. Holt Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53207                               414-483-1716

Siding 101 – Things You Need to Know Before Purchasing Siding for Your Home (by Brooks)

1. PROPER INSTALLATION   IS AS IMPORTANT AS THE QUALITY OF THE SIDING.

2. HOUSE MUST BE WRAPPED WITH SEMI PERMEABLE WRAP.THIS WILL ALLOW WATER VAPOR TO GO ONE WAY -  OUT OF YOUR WALLS, DRYING THEM OUT AND ELIMINATING MOLDS, MILDEWS AND INSECTS.

3. THE FALLACY OF MOST INSULATION.  POLYSTYRENE BACKED VS REGULAR SIDING. REGULAR SIDING + ¼ INCH INSULATION ADDS VERY LITTLE TO THE HOMES ENERGY EFFICIENCY. CONSIDERABLY BETTER IS THE FOAM BACKED. (WITH  CLOSED CELL POLYSTYTRENE )  THIS WILL MAKE A NOTICEABLE DIFFERENCE IN THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY  (APPROXIMATELY 20% BETTER ) AND COMFORT OF YOUR HOME.

4. PROPER THICKNESS   MUST BE GREATER THAN .040in BUT LESS THAN .048in. SIDING THAT IS TO THIN IS PRONE TO CRACKING. IF IT?S TOO THICK, YOU WILL SEE DISTINCT SHADOW LINES AT THE JOINTS. (WHERE TWO SIDING PANELS MEET) .042in AND THICKER WILL IMPART GOOD IMPACT STRENGTH TO THE SIDING. IF THE SIDING IS INSULATION BACKED, THE IMPACT STRENGTH IS MUCH GREATER AND SERVICE CALLS FOR IMPACT DAMAGE TO THIS TYPE OF SIDING ARE EXTREMELY RARE.

5. HIGH WIND SHEAR RESISTANCE    THE SIDING PANELS SHOULD LOCK TOGETHER FOR ADDED STABILITY AND AS A DEFENSE AGAINST POWERFUL WINDS. SIDING SHOULD BE GAURANTEED TO AT LEAST WITHSTAND 120 MPH WINDS.

6. ADDITION OF COLOR FADE TECHNOLGIES  UV RAYS FROM THE SUN CAUSE SIDING COLORS TO FADE. THE SIDING SHOULD BE GUARANTEED NOT TO FADE  MORE THAN 4 HUNTER UNITS IN 15 YEARS OR FADE UNEVENLY (CHECKERBOARDING)

7. A GOOD LIFETIME WARRANTY   MAKE SURE THERE ARE VERY FEW EXCLUSIONS (EVEN THE BEST SIDING BRANDS HAVE A FEW) AND THAT THE WARRANTY IS TRANSFERABLE.