More colors, more textures and more protection as vinyl continues to be America’s most-installed siding

(BPT) – While vinyl siding has historically been the most-used siding material in the U.S., its continuing advancements are allowing even more choice when it comes to two critical qualities desired by homeowners: outstanding curb appeal and low maintenance. Add to this the growing interest by homeowners to save energy and the increasing green measures being taken by builders, and insulated vinyl siding stands out as a versatile choice.

More value is being created by marrying texture and toughness, enabling beautiful and extremely durable homes. The toughest vinyl siding exteriors are code-compliant for hurricane zones and offer maximum possible fire resistance ratings.

“It has great looks and I like the fact that it meets the strict Florida building code wind load requirement,” says George Williams, owner of Precision Homecrafters in Birmingham, Alabama. “With the cedar shake profile, until you walk up and touch it, you don’t know that it’s vinyl.”

Vinyl siding’s robust strength withstands the harshest conditions. With a windload exceeding 170 mph, it also features highest-rating Class 1(A) fire resistance and 60-inch pound-plus-impact resistance. At the same time, it is easily cut with snips and comes in efficient 5-foot panels, so a single installer can quickly side a home.

Homeowner Marsha Wallace had 27 squares of Vinyl Siding installed on her Virginia Beach, Virginia home.

“Everyone who has seen the house is amazed when they get up really close and realize it’s vinyl siding,” she says. “They don’t believe it until they get up really close and examine it. It looks like brand new shake and doesn’t look like your typical siding job at all. The freedom from maintenance is very attractive.”

George Williams, the Alabama builder, also appreciates the low maintenance.

“I put vinyl siding on my home,” notes Williams. “People see it and they really like it.”

Manufactured from molds of real cedar and stone, authenticity is built into these premium vinyl panels. In addition to the easy-installing 5-inch panel lengths, it includes proprietary multi-tone Weathered Collection colors and also a stone siding profile – featuring the finely tuned detail of integrated grout lines.

“A very important aspect is being maintenance-free. The last thing that many homeowners want to do is literal ’home’ work. Time-saving products like vinyl siding that reduce maintenance can be a huge benefit for a lot of people,” says Jonathan Wierengo, vice president of marketing for The Tapco Group. “You have a versatile, large selection of warm and inviting colors that let the house stand out – and you don’t have to worry about painting.”