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Vinyl Siding

What is Vinyl Siding?

Formulated from a mixture of about 80% polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin and 20% “ingredients that impart color, opacity, gloss, impact resistance, flexibility, and durability,” vinyl siding has been used in the United States since the 1950s, when it was marketed as an aluminum siding replacement.

However, it wasn’t until the 1970s that manufacturers changed their formulas, which allowed it be more easily manufactured, more impact resistant, and to feature a wider range of colors, that vinyl siding really took off and became a first choice for homeowners near and far.

Is Vinyl Siding a Good Choice for My Sacramento Home?

According to the Vinyl Siding Institute, vinyl siding is the #1 exterior cladding in the United States and Canada. As such, it’s used in all types of climates in all parts of the country (and beyond), so there’s almost certainly a vinyl siding application that would be ideal on your Sacramento home, whether you’re building from the ground up, or simply replacing your old, worn-out siding.


The Benefits of Vinyl Siding

Compared to cement fiber siding and wood siding, vinyl siding is an easily accessible and inexpensive method of protecting your Sacramento home. This is because vinyl siding is certified to be wind resistant up to 110mph, and is ideal for climates with very hot (like Sacramento) or cold temperatures. Despite its ability to weather the elements, vinyl siding is also fade-resistant (we’ll talk more about this in a moment) and rot and decay-resistant, and insulated vinyl siding is considered energy efficient due to its ability to fight heat loss.


What Kind of Warranties are Available for Vinyl Siding Sacramento Customers?

Most of the top vinyl manufacturers offer lifetime warranties against defects in materials and workmanship with their vinyl siding. In essence, this means that this could be the last time you ever install siding on your home. And combined with its low price, this is one of vinyl siding’s biggest draws.


The Vinyl Siding Installation Process

For a median sized home in the Sacramento region, vinyl siding installation can typically be completed over the weekend, although 3-4 days may be required in some instances.

Vinyl siding is relatively quick and painless for Spectrum One to install, since we have years of installation experience under our belts, and because vinyl siding is manufactured using a locking system, which allows each piece of siding on your Sacramento home to fit together snugly, without the need for follow up treatments such as caulking or the application of sealant.


Things To Keep in Mind When Considering Vinyl Siding

Despite its reputation for durability, ease of installation, and maintenance-free attributes, vinyl siding is not considered an environmentally friendly option, which we’re telling you because we want you to go into the process with as much information as possible. Vinyl siding is also flammable, so it’s definitely not a good option for fire-prone areas within the Sacramento region.

And although vinyl siding is considered extremely durable and low maintenance, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t some things you need to keep in mind. This includes the fact that UV rays from the sun slowly degrade PVC over time, which can cause it to fade, and is something that’s more noticeable the brighter and bolder your color choice are. In addition, this breakdown can also cause vinyl siding to become increasingly brittle, which can greatly reduce its impact resistance.

Speaking of impact resistance: One of the most common complaints related to vinyl siding is its tendency to crack from impact during cold weather, especially the thinner it is. However, many professionals claim that vinyl’s crack resistance has more to do with the quality of its chemical composition than it does to its thickness, although these two factors often go hand in hand.


Is Vinyl Siding Expensive?

When you choose Spectrum One to install your vinyl siding, you’ll be able to select nearly any manufacturer you prefer, including CertainTeed, Georgia-Pacific, ProVia, and many. Or if you’re not familiar with vinyl siding companies, we’d be happy to recommend a manufacturer based on your specific tastes.

With this said, regardless of the manufacturer you choose, vinyl siding is generally one of the least expensive siding options, and typically ranges between $3 and $5 per square foot.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that your overall price is dependent on a wide variety of factors, including the manufacturer you decide on, the quality / grade of the vinyl siding you choose, any features you’d like (e.g. special colors, stamping, etc.), and more. With this said, we here at Spectrum One will be more than happy to provide you with an accurate estimate to install your vinyl siding, so you’ll know well in advance what your total cost will be.


Why is Spectrum One the Best Choice for My Vinyl Siding?

Although Spectrum One has been serving the Sacramento area for more than two decades, most of our tradesmen have worked in the construction industry their entire lives, so we have the passion, experience, and know-how to handle all your home construction needs, whether this involves vinyl siding or something else altogether.

But here at Spectrum One, we’re not just some faceless business—we’re members of your community, and are proud to call Sacramento home. Because of this, we’ve earned a solid reputation for honesty and integrity over the past 20 years, and have earned a great deal of respect from clients, vendors, and even the cities in which we do business.

So the only question is: how can Spectrum One help improve the place you call home? Whatever it is, you can count on us to make it happen. Give us a call today at 916-571-2830 and schedule your free consultation.



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