Wilson’s Home Improvement is proud to install quality vinyl siding for Arkansas home owners. For the last 20 years vinyl siding has been the exterior finish of choice, ahead of wood, aluminum, and steel. Besides being virtually maintenance free, it is also chosen for its colors, style choices and durability.
There are some myths about vinyl siding that stem from its early years when cracking, fading, and buckling were part of its characteristics. Technology quickly caught up with these faults and made it a more viable product for an exterior finish.
Another false impression that people get about vinyl siding is seeing a poor installation on a new or re-sided house. This isn’t the vinyl siding. This is caused by installers who are not knowledgeable or who do not follow the manufacturers recommended installation instructions. This happens more often than not and produces a poor result that leads people to the conclusion that it’s typical of all vinyl siding jobs. We cannot speak for everyone, but we can say it is NOT typical of a Wilson’s Home Improvement installation.
Wilson’s Home Improvement has redone lots of vinyl siding jobs. One of the most common mistakes we see is when the vinyl siding has been installed and it doesn't allow room for expansion. During warm weather a 12 foot panel can expand up to 1/2 inch. Because of this, the siding is installed a certain distance from the J-channels and corners. This length depends on the temperature it’s installed in.
Another no-no we see at Wilson’s Home Improvement is when the siding is nailed too tight to the wall. Vinyl siding has a slotted nailing strip along its top edge. When nailing the siding on, one must drive the nails as close to the center of the slot as possible and leave the nail heads no closer than a 1/8 inch away from the strip. This allows the siding panel to slide left to right and expand without buckling.
When you are considering vinyl siding, Wilson’s Home Improvement recommends that you do your homework. Research some of the different makers of vinyl siding and the products they have available. If you are installing the siding yourself, follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions. If you want to hire a contractor to do the job, Wilson’s would love the chance to earn your business. Please call us to set up your appointment for a free estimate.