How does vinyl cladding compare with other cladding materials?
When compared to brick, wood, stone and stucco, vinyl cladding is the number one choice of exterior cladding. Vinyl cladding has the lowest total installation cost and fewer long-term maintenance needs than any other exterior cladding. Moreover, premium vinyl cladding provides the rich beauty of costly wood cladding in a wide-variety of low-gloss colors and industry-leading warranty protection.
What exterior design options do I have with vinyl cladding?
You can create multiple options for your home’s exterior with vinyl cladding. We offer a wide array of subtle and deep wood grain textured profiles, including horizontal and vertical panels. You have a number of options to combine different shapes, colors and styles to personalize the style of your home’s exterior.
IS VINYL CLADDING DURABLE?
Absolutely. The correct technical name for the material used in vinyl CLADDING 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 cladding 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 the cladding, it never has to be scraped, sanded or painted.
WHAT IS INSULATED CLADDING?
Insulated cladding is vinyl cladding with rigid foam insulation that is laminated or permanently attached to the panel. In energy codes and efficiency programs, insulated cladding 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 cladding, 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 cladding.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GUARANTEE MY VINYL CLADDING WILL PERFORM AS PROMISED?
The Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI) has established the VSI Product Certification Program to guarantee performance. Vinyl siding products are certified within this VSI program, with features with independent, third-party verification that qualifying Connelly home Improvements products meet or exceed the testing requirements specified in the industry standard for quality . In addition, 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 warranties, which provide 50 years coverage and are transferrable to the next homeowner. *
If painting isn't required, how do I maintain my vinyl cladding?
Vinyl cladding 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 CLADDING 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 cladding a significant advantage over other exterior claddings that do not vent/drain moisture.
DOES VINYL CLADDING DELIVER ANY ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS TO HELP MAKE A HOME GREEN?
Throughout the processes of manufacturing, transportation, installation, service life and waste management, vinyl cladding scores well on tough environmental measures. What’s more, vinyl cladding has the potential to contribute to achieving more points than other exterior cladding in the leading green building certification programs.
WILL CONNELLY HOME IMPROVEMENTS VINYL CLADDING ADD VALUE TO MY HOME?
Yes. Today’s vinyl cladding 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 CONNELLY HOME IMPROVEMENTS CLADDING?
With the ability to withstand high winds (certified up to 110 mph or higher) and a composition that resists heat, cold and moisture, vinyl cladding provides highly durable and strong performance in even the most destructive storms.