Vinyl Siding Replacement Q&A

Vinyl Siding ReplacementHow does vinyl siding compare with other siding materials?

When compared to brick, wood, stone and stucco, vinyl siding replacement is the number one choice of exterior cladding in the United States. Vinyl siding has the lowest total installation cost and fewer long-term maintenance needs than any other exterior cladding. Moreover, Alside premium vinyl siding provides the rich beauty of costly wood siding in a wide-variety of low-gloss colors and industry-leading warranty protection.

What exterior design options do I have with vinyl siding?

You can create multiple options for your home’s exterior with vinyl siding. Alside offers a wide array of subtle and deep wood grain textured profiles, including horizontal and vertical panels; shakes, scallops and shingles; traditional clapboard; dutch lap; wide and narrow panel exposures; and beaded designs. You have a number of options to combine different shapes, colors and styles to personalize the style of your home’s exterior.

Can I purchase trim and accessories from ReNew Home Designs?

Yes. Creating a finishing touch that sets your home apart is easy with Alside’s Trimworks® accessories. These trim products give you an exceptional way to add special elegance around windows and doors, at corners, and on other focus areas. Alside even offers beautiful shutters, specialty vents and mounting blocks, and unique accent siding products to enrich your project. And when Alside siding and trim products are combined with Alside windows and patio doors, your home will evolve into a stunning masterpiece unlike any other home nearby.

I am planning on upgrading my brick and partially wood siding home. Can I incorporate vinyl siding?

Yes. Vinyl siding is extremely versatile and can be elegantly mixed with just about any exterior building material. If you have special installation concerns–talk to your contractor. He's probably handled a similar installation in the past. If not, your contractor can secure detailed installation instructions from a knowledgeable Alside technical specialist.

Vinyl Siding ReplacementIs vinyl siding durable?

Absolutely. The correct technical name for the material used in vinyl siding is polyvinyl chloride. It's a durable, proven material that has earned a solid reputation for its beauty and permanence. It's used in automotive applications, medical devices, appliances, floor coverings, and of course, exterior home construction. Vinyl siding is an ideal exterior material because it doesn't rot, crack, dent or warp. Plus it never peels or blisters. And because the color goes completely through Alside siding, it never has to be scraped, sanded or painted.

How do I choose a reputable installer?

The relationship you have with your contractor is extremely important. Request references and look at previous work. Word-of-mouth recommendations from neighbors or friends who have recently re-sided their houses are an excellent start. You may also want to ask about liability insurance, customer satisfaction policies and professional credentials.

What is insulated siding?

Alside Prodigy Insulated siding is vinyl siding with rigid foam insulation that is laminated or permanently attached to the panel. In energy codes and efficiency programs, insulated siding is recognized as a form of “continuous insulation,” or insulation installed on the exterior of the building that helps reduce energy loss through framing or other building material.

What is R-value?

A product’s “R-value” is a measure of thermal resistance; the higher the R-value, the better the insulation’s effectiveness. For insulated siding, ASTM C1363 Standard Test Method for the Thermal Performance of Building Assemblies by Means of a Hot Box Apparatus is the standard used for determining the R-value of insulated siding.

Vinyl Siding ReplacementWhat is the best way to guarantee my Vinyl Siding Replacement will perform as promised?

The Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI) has established the VSI Product Certification Program to guarantee performance. Alside vinyl siding products are certified within this VSI program, with features with independent, third-party verification that qualifying Alside products meet or exceed the testing requirements specified in the industry standard for quality (ASTM D3679, with ASTMD7793 compliance for Alside Prodigy Insulated Siding). In addition, Alside vinyl siding products also boast an additional certification status specifically for color performance by meeting the ASTM D6864 or D7251standards for color retention. With this, you can be assured the vinyl siding you select will resist major color changes in a variety of climates.

Perhaps most important are the industry-leading Alside warranties*, which Alside provide limited lifetime coverage and are transferable to the next homeowner. *see printed warranties for complete details.

If painting isn't required, how do I maintain my vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding and soffit should be washed periodically by hosing with a garden hose and clear water, particularly in those areas not exposed directly to rain. If you desire to do a more thorough cleaning, or where high soil collection conditions occur, use a soft-bristled, long-handled washing brush. Do not rub vigorously. This may create glossy areas over the vinyl siding finish. For hard-to-remove dirt, such as soot and grime found in industrial areas, wipe the siding down with a solution that's recommended by the manufacturer. If you wash the entire house, start at the bottom and work up to the top, as less streaking will result. It is important that immediately following all washing operations, the entire surface be thoroughly rinsed with fresh water from a garden hose.

Is Vinyl Siding Replacement resistant to moisture?

Yes. Vinyl siding offers exceptional rain-screening performance that decreases the build-up of water that can penetrate the underlying water-resistant barrier. This distinct benefit has been recognized by the International Residential Code and International Building Code, giving vinyl siding a significant advantage over other exterior claddings that do not vent/drain moisture.

Does Vinyl Siding Replacement deliver any environmental benefits to help make a home green?

Throughout the processes of manufacturing, transportation, installation, service life and waste management, vinyl siding scores well on tough environmental measures. What’s more, vinyl siding has the potential to contribute to achieving more points than other exterior cladding in the leading green building certification programs including the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED® for New Construction and LEED® Homes Rating Systems and the ANSI approved ICC 700 National Green Building Standard™.

Will Vinyl Siding Replacement add value to my home?

Today's vinyl siding adds value to homes and is the building material of choice for developers, contractors, and homeowners associations. The value-added advantages of vinyl siding include its low total installed cost – lower than all other exterior cladding because vinyl siding goes up faster and doesn't need painting.

Can severe weather affect my Vinyl Siding Replacement?

With the ability to withstand high winds (certified up to 110 mph or higher) and a composition that resists heat, cold and moisture, Alside certified vinyl siding provides highly durable and strong performance in even the most destructive storms.