The function of the vinyl siding is to protects the walls from bad weather condition and at the same time decorate the walls. The vinyl contains 80% PVC resin and 20% additives. The additives include plasticizers that keep the vinyl soft and stabilizers that gives color and protects against heat and bad weather. They come in two configurations; vertical panels that are used on almost all the wall designs while horizontal panels are usually used on ancient design houses. These panels are made of vinyl soffit and they come in different widths; eight, five and three inches.
Types of vinyl siding
The differences are brought up by the manufacturing process i.e. calendaring and casting, also the types of ‘stabilizers’ and ‘plasticizers’ used.
The process is simple and cheap; the resin is poured on a smooth surface, and a very thin layer is formed, it is then placed in an oven. The dimension, color and Ultra violet stability of the vinyl can be easily controlled. The vinyl manufactured using this process are soft and works well on curved surfaces, the quality is high and therefore they are the most recommended.
It is rolling and extrusion of the resin, although it is cheaper it produces less dimensional vinyl and they can shrink first. Calendaring produces two types of vinyl: Manomeric, this contains short chain chemical bonds therefore they suit for internal use and works best with flat surfaces and polymeric, they are more durable and good for external and curved surface but also depends on the type of ‘plasticizers’ used during manufacturing
Why choose the vinyl siding?
• It is cheaper when compared to cedar and aluminum siding
• It is durable
• Can be repaired when damaged
• Comes in different sizes, color and styles
• Less maintenance needed.
• Variety of the same product in the market can create confusion
• Once you pick the color for your house, you have to leave with it; no repainting.
• The house has to be covered in PVC