Embarrassed because the paint on the exterior of your home is peeling or flaking? Not interested in repainting your home every 10 years? As a local construction company with over 30 years of experience, we know the woes of homeowners. Switching to vinyl siding is a great choice for those interested in boosting the value and beauty of their home.
Not sure what questions to ask your contractor about vinyl siding? Fiderio & Sons offers a few tips on vinyl siding installation & things your contractor should be doing for you.
Is your siding meeting the requirements of ASTM D3679?
Sounds complicated, but it's not. For the best results, ask your contractor if the vinyl siding meets or exceeds the requirements of the ASTM D3679- Standard Specification for Rigid Poly (VinylChloride) (PVC) Siding from ASTM International. This will ensure that your home has the highest quality vinyl siding possible.
Is your contractor fully aware of building code requirements?
Most building coders reference the manufaturer's instructions, however this must be verified. Usually local codes are based on the national model building codes, however there may be specific local codes that override this. Contractors must always conform to local building codes to make sure that siding is properly installed. All building materials should be installed in accordance with local, state, and federal building code AND fire regulations.
Has your siding been stored & transported properly?
Before vinyl siding installation, there must be a few precautions when storing vinyl siding at the job site. The cartons must be stored on a flat surface that supports the entire length of the siding. They should also be kept dry and stacked no higher than six boxes high. We also recommend that the siding is stored in a fairly cool location, not under dark tarps or plastic wraps without any air circulation.
Does your siding have a warranty?
The warranty for your vinyl siding will also help indicate the quality of your siding. Some products come with a lifetime warranty that can also be transferred to the next owner of your home. Just make sure you have read the fine print- some warranties have stipulations about replacements, labor or length of time.
Is your contractor using care?
Even the most expensive siding will buckle or warp if it is not installed properly. Look for siding panels that are smooth and neat, not uneven or sloppy. This includes windows and doors, where panels should continue from one side to the next in alignment. Don't forget to check the smaller materials, look for aluminum or hot-dipped galvanized nails. Experienced contractors will produce quality work and help you rest a little easier.
Vinyl siding installation is a great investment for your home. Trust an expert when it comes to siding your home and don't be afraid to ask questions.