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Installing Vinyl Siding

Installation of Vinyl Siding
In recent years, vinyl has become the siding market leader. It's made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the same stuff that serves so ably in plumbing drain lines.

History of Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding was introduced in the early 1960s, but did not gain much attention until the 70s. Since 1986, its use has doubled, reaching 2.2 billion square feet in 1992. Siding is the second largest market for PVC resin, with 1 billion pounds used in 1992 by about about 20 manufacturers. While vinyl siding was initially sold almost exclusively for remodeling, today more than a third of vinyl siding is used in new construction.

Durability and Maintenance of Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding has a mixed reputation in the building industry. It has often been considered a cheap substitute for wood, however it is favored in some markets because it does not need to be painted or stained as does wood.

 

Vinyl Siding Installation Techniques
Step by Step guidelines for installing vinyl siding.

Cost of Vinyl Siding
According to an article in Plastics in Building Construction, vinyl siding ranges from $120 to $170 per square (installed cost).

Pros and Cons
The Pros and Cons of installing vinyl siding.

Vinyl Siding Materials and Manufacturers
A listing of the manufacturers of vinyl siding.