Thursday, February 21st, 2019 by Robert Stiltner
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is the world’s third-most produced synthetic plastic polymer, after polyethylene and polypropylene. PVC is used in many consumer products, including vinyl records and electrical insulation, and has seen extensive use in the construction industry, particularly in sewage pipes, window frames and siding.
While traditional manufacturing techniques limit colors to neutrals like beige and gray, today’s techniques now allow any color to be “molded-in”, giving you the option to choose the colors you want during the manufacturing process.
Molded-in colors also eliminate the need to frequently scrape and repaint your siding, which means more savings on painting costs. Vinyl is also inherently low-maintenance, which means you can choose to have light-colored siding and not worry about extensive cleaning. In fact, all you need is soap suds or a 3:7 vinegar-to-water solution to clean your vinyl siding plus a garden hose for rinsing.
When properly installed, vinyl siding can resist winds up to 110 mph. The good news is that, even if the wind does tear it off, vinyl siding is much easier to reinstall compared with other siding types.
Vinyl siding is traditionally associated with the plastic texture reminiscent of pre-built bathroom doors, but today’s vinyl siding allows adding texture like wood grain, which can provide a rustic look if that’s what you’re after. Our vinyl siding installations also come with matching accessories and trim pieces for an elegant look.
The main reason modern vinyl siding is so popular is because it strikes the right balance between price, lifespan and beauty options. But that doesn’t mean that your home will look the same as every other home in the neighborhood; with the options and Colonial Contracting, you can choose vinyl siding and still make your home look timeless and elegant.