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Vinyl Siding Issues and Concerns
No matter which siding you choose, it’s important to understand fully the pros and cons of the products. For years, the standard for durability and low-maintenance siding has been vinyl. Though extremely popular, there are some significant drawbacks of vinyl siding.
Vinyl Siding Needs Maintenance and Repair
A common misconception is that vinyl as a long-term siding solution. Over time, homeowners are finding vinyl fades in the sun. In fact, warping and cracking on homes that receive direct sunlight is a common occurrence. Cracks are not easily repaired, and as the siding ages it can become brittle and more susceptible to damages.
Frequent cleaning and maintenance is needed with vinyl siding, as it commonly accumulates mold and dust, which can work its way to the interior of your home. Annual cleanings are all but required, which is contrary to its low- to no-maintenance reputation. Add to this the fact that vinyl can be susceptible to moisture problems if you don’t properly clean it. If moisture finds its way underneath the siding it can quickly lead to mold, cracking paint and damaged wallpaper.
Vinyl Siding is Environmentally Friendly
Vinyl siding is not environmentally friendly. Not only is it a poor insulator, leading to increased energy usage, it also releases toxic chemicals at high temperatures. If the siding catches fire, high amounts of toxins are released into the air. Consider also that vinyl siding is a plastic material, manufactured in a way that is environmentally hazardous.
Beyond simply being less visually appealing than wood, stone or steel siding, vinyl siding does nothing for your property value. Especially in historic or upscale neighborhoods, vinyl siding can actually become a deterrent to potential buyers.
So why is over one-third of new construction still using vinyl siding, even with so many other options out there? Often, it comes down to the price tag. However, it’s important to think of your siding as a key investment in the value of your home as well as an investment in your peace of mind.
At abc Seamless, we say “do it once, do it for life, do it with steel.” Our exclusive G-90 galvanized steel, available in many colors and styles, is manufactured on site allowing us to carefully design it to fit your home perfectly.
Advantages of abc Seamless Steel Siding
- No cracking, peeling, fading, buckling, melting or blowing off
- Energy Star approved
- Maintenance free
- Best warranty in the business
- Over 30 years of experience in South Central Idaho and Nevada
Call us today for more information on this truly maintenance-free siding option.
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Vinyl Siding vs. Seamless Steel Siding: The Pros and Cons
The exterior of your home is the first thing you see when you come home every day. It’s the first thing your guests see when they come to visit. It’s also the first thing that prospective buyers see if you’re trying to sell.
If your siding is damaged or in disrepair, it can really reduce the look and value of your home. You want to make a good impression, so choose siding that’s going to last and retain its value for years to come.
We know that vinyl is a popular siding choice, but there’s a reason we at abc Seamless Siding opt for seamless steel siding.
Let’s explore the pros and cons of both vinyl and seamless steel siding!
Vinyl siding is a popular choice for many homes. It’s a good option for homeowners looking for a quick fix, especially when putting a home on the market.
- Vinyl is a lightweight material which makes it easy to install.
- Low maintenance. After it is installed, vinyl generally requires very little maintenance or attention.
- Lower cost material. Vinyl is an affordable siding option, which is why it is so common.
- Environmental impact. Vinyl is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is a plastic material and won’t break down.
- It’s difficult to install vinyl siding without the seams showing, which can detract from the appearance of your home.
- Durability. Heat, cold, hail, and other weather hazards can wreak havoc on vinyl siding, and damaged siding should be replaced.
Seamless Steel Siding
Seamless steel siding is an excellent long-term solution for homeowners looking for a reliable, beautiful, and durable option.
- Seamless steel siding is one of the most durable materials on the market, and will last for many years. It is also fire-resistant, able to withstand extreme temperatures, and durable against ice and hail.
- Low maintenance. Resistant to warping, fading, cracking, peeling, and chipping, seamless steel siding requires little to no maintenance and rarely needs replacing.
- Energy efficient. Seamless steel siding provides excellent insulation for homes, which helps to reduce air infiltration so homes can stay at a comfortable temperature year round.
- Difficult to install. Installation isn’t a DIY project, but fortunately the pros at abc Seamless in Twin Falls can install it for you no problem!
- Seamless steel siding is a quality material, and as a result is more expensive than its vinyl counterpart. Contact us for a quote at 208-733-9683.
At abc Seamless, we’re happy to offer quality siding, roofing, gutter, window, and door products and services. Get in touch about your next project!
Baby, It’s Getting Cold Outside: Winterizing your Home with Seamless Steel Siding and More
We hate to say it, but winter is coming! While you’re still enjoying the crisp air and vibrant colors of fall, it’s important to begin to prepare your home for shorter and colder days. Winterizing your home before the snow flies is the best way to stay cozy all season long. If your siding, windows, and doors aren’t updated and in great condition, you’ll be losing heat and spending more money throughout the winter. Read on to find out why these three main areas of your home need an upgrade before the temperature drops!
Does your siding stand up against the elements? While vinyl siding leaves “an average of 150 ugly splices on a house” (ABC Seamless) that make your home vulnerable to dust, moisture and insects, seamless steel siding offers durability, energy efficiency, and effortless aesthetic appeal. Most importantly, seamless steel siding has no gaps for the cold winter air to come into your home! This no-gap design is paired with premium insulation, which provides your home with the perfect solution for your winter blues.
You shouldn’t have to sacrifice warmth for big, beautiful windows! Drafts and foggy windows are both signs that it’s time for an upgrade. New windows are a sure way to reduce your energy bill and help you maintain your home’s value You can lower your household energy bill “by an average of 12 percent nationwide,” (ENERGY STAR) when you install ENERGY STAR certified windows. If you’re renovating your home for a new look, or if you’ve recently moved into a historical home, you should also consider the benefit of investing in new windows (Forbes). Quality windows are a crucial part of keeping your home comfortable all winter long.
The last point of entry for those frigid winter winds is your front door, of course! If your entryway is the coldest part of your home, there’s a good chance your door is to blame. Inefficient doors need to be replaced because, much like windows, drafts from your front door will actually end up costing you more money on your energy bill! An insulated door that meets ENERGY STAR regulations is a great way to add to the monetary worth and comfort of your home. Making sure your new door is ENERGY STAR approved guarantees you’re buying quality products that will last past this winter and for many years to come.
With special attention given to the main areas of your house—the siding, windows, and doors—your home will become a warm and cozy haven even on the coldest winter nights! Be sure to hire a trusted professional to install these energy efficient solutions and make your house the lasting dream home your family will love. Call ABC Seamless Siding at 800.732.6577 today for more information and reliable service.
Vinyl Siding Fire Hazards
When the weather gets chilly, the chilly get toasty. From fireplaces to backyard fire pits, there are many ways to stay warm during the cold fall and winter months. However, it’s important to ensure that you’re practicing fire safety to prevent a blaze from spreading through your home. If you have a fireplace, make sure to maintain your chimney, stock up on quality wood to burn (if you have a wood-burning stove), and keep the area surrounding free of debris and ash. Keeping your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors up to date is important, too!
If you’re cozying up to an outdoor firepit, avoid placing it in an enclosed area, on an uneven surface, or near hanging branches. Make sure to keep a fire extinguisher handy, too. Even a tiny spark can turn into a blaze, so make sure to fully extinguish your fire before you turn in for the night.
Fires and Vinyl Siding
Whether a house fire starts inside or outside your home, the materials your house is made of can make a big difference when it comes to how fast the fire spreads. Fire needs fuel: when your home has vinyl siding, you’re providing exactly that. Commonly used synthetic materials can cause flames to spread faster and travel quickly to the attic, allowing the fire to spread to the rest of the house. House materials used to burn slower, allowing around 17 minutes for people to escape; with vinyl siding, that time is reduced to 3 minutes. Additionally, since vinyl is a plastic, as it burns it releases harmful chemicals into the air. As if smoke inhalation weren’t bad enough, a vinyl fire’s smoke is toxic.
Steel Siding as a Safe, Fireproof Alternative
What’s the solution? Your best bet is to switch to a safer alternative. Metal sheeting, like our Seamless Steel Home Siding, is durable, low maintenance, and non-combustible. That means it is resistant to blazes and won’t ignite the way vinyl does. Metal is one of the best materials you can use on your home to prevent fire damage. What’s more, steel siding holds up against other environmental hazards such as rain, hail, wind, and sleet.
Ready to make the switch? We’re proud to provide unbeatable protection for your home with our Seamless Steel Home Siding. Your house is one of your biggest investments—let us help you protect it. Contact us online or give us a call at 800-732-6577 today!