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In 2012, 33 percent of all newly constructed U.S. homes were covered in vinyl siding, and the trend hasn't changed much since then. This easily makes vinyl the most common type of exterior wall cladding in use in the United States today.

Given the commonness of vinyl siding, it is not hard to locate a installation contractor. In fact, many Chesapeake roofers also specialize in vinyl siding installation. It is more difficult, however, to find a CertainTeed 5 Star Vinyl Siding Contractor or a company with other certified credentials of excellence. An experienced, skilled vinyl installer will know how to bring the best performance out of vinyl and will be able to explain the advantages of choosing high grade vinyl.

Vinyl was considered a low quality product when it first appeared in the 1950s, but new production processes in the 1970s and beyond have greatly improved its desirability. Once only available in a few basic colors, it can now be found in over 350 color varieties, according to the Vinyl Siding Institute. Additionally, the pigment known as titanium dioxide is now included in most vinyl siding ingredient lists. This pigmentation resists the effects of UV light and greatly slows color fading. Most vinyl products also now feature a grained surface texture that mimics the look of wood, further adding to its curb appeal.

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One of the main advantages of vinyl is its affordability. It ranks among the lowest priced siding options. It also requires very little maintenance. At most, a little soapy water will be needed, and even then, it will not be needed very often. If vinyl siding does suffer damage, it is very easy and inexpensive to repair.

Other advantages of vinyl include its resistance to high heat, extreme cold, sudden impacts, moisture exposure and wind. When properly installed, a high grade of vinyl can sustain winds as fast as 200 miles per hour. Finally, vinyl provides a home with extra insulating capability, especially if foam backed vinyl is chosen.

Besides the main clapboard like pieces, which cover the walls, vinyl accessories will be needed for proper installation. Channels, corner posts, starter strips and drip edge will all be important. Vinyl siding is a complete system rather than consisting of clapboard only.

The lightweight nature of vinyl makes it relatively easy and quick to install, and the completed job can last for over 50 years. This explains why manufacturers of high grade vinyl products sometimes offer lifetime warranties.

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