I am asked on a daily basis about different brands of Vinyl Shake Siding. There are many to choose from. There is Certainteed, Novik, Exteria, Foundry, etc…Which is the best? Is the thickest the best? What’s the difference?
Lots of differences in all panels so I’m just going to hit on a couple of points.
Expansion/Contraction – Foundry siding, which is a true PVC sidng, expands and contracts at 1/3 the rate of polymer and polypropylene panels. There will be no temperature gauge on the Foundry siding simply because it is not necessary to have one. Other panels have temp. gauges that basically indicate where to nail based on the temperature when the product is being installed. This is an excellent concept to provide for the high expansion/contraction rate. The problem I find is that most installers nail where they can and move on. So it may look good when the product is first installed but when the seasons change so do the laps.
Class 1A Fire Rating – Foundry siding is the only vinyl shake siding available that has a class 1A fire rating. This means is has a very low rate of spreadability. If you were to hold a flame to a polymer or polypropylene panel, they will ignite on fire and literally start dripping like candle wax. If you put a flame to the Foundry siding, it will not ignite. I will put a video demonstration soon.
While 3/4 of the country is under snow, ice, sleet, etc…, I’ve decided I’ll try to improve my website. I often get asked about mounting blocks. First of all, I’ve always thought mounting blocks make a siding job. It’s all in the details for me. When I speak of mounting blocks, I am speaking of blocks to put light fixtures, light switches, pipes, receptacles, dryer vents and about anything else that you man need on an exterior wall.
Without these blocks, I’ve seen lots of other ways to mount to the siding. None of which look as good as the blocks. Unfortunately, some folks just cut holes straight to the siding or drill directly to uneven surfaces. I see it all the time and when I see it, I cringe.
Its a new year and although I’ve done this many, many times, this is the year I will succeed. It’s not that I do not like it. It’s sometimes that I get busy and when that happens, it’s the last thing on my mind. But, I’ve set my calendar and now I will try my best to do this every 2 – 3 days. Sometimes more, probably more times less. What is it I am speaking of? Blogging.
So this is my first blog entry of the new blog. I don’t really know how to describe the site, other than its gonna be about just vinyl siding. I will focus mostly on specialty vinyl siding. When I speak of specialty vinyl siding, mostly vinyl shake, vinyl stone, vinyl brick. I may use the term vinyl loosely sometimes. There are some manufacturers who try to call their products something other than vinyl. For example, polymer. Don’t let them fool you, polymer is a type of plastic.
Sorry to ramble on. Lets give this thing a go. I look forward to broadcasting my wealth of knowledge with you as hopefully you will share your wealth of knowledge with me. So lets Rock and roll. Lets get the show on the road. And as Tone Loc would say, “Let’s do it”.