Weathercraft typically installs Mastic (formerly Alcoa), Alside, and Crane brand siding in various types listed below. We also specialize in hail damage repair of vinyl siding. Insurance companies typically will replace one side of a house after a hail storm and use old pieces to patch in on another side. This is common practice unless the old siding has been completely discontinued and is a unusual color. Weathercraft has experience in finding extremely close matches. We have installed almost every brand found in the Midwest and can purchase most brands available on the market.
Vinyl siding is the most commonly installed siding in the Midwest. It comes in five major thicknesses and an infinite number of colors and profiles. There are many criteria when determining the quality of vinyl siding including thickness, profile depth and hem technology. The better the quality of vinyl siding, the more expensive the product. In the Midwest, the better the quality of vinyl siding, the more resistant is it to hail damage. Baseball-size hail can break almost any kinds of vinyl siding. Cheaper siding can be broken by hail as small as a nickel.
The five major thicknesses of vinyl siding are .040-inch, .042-inch, .044-inch, .046-inch, and .048-inch. .040-inch is typically found on mobile and modular homes and is very thin. .042-inch is common across the country and the strength can be increased depending on profile depth and the use of a rollover hem at the top of the siding. .044-inch also is common across the country and is the thinnest that Weathercraft would recommend installing, unless keeping costs low is the main factor. .046-inch and .048-inch are considered quality thicknesses and can stand up to larger hail. Thickness is the main criterion that should be used in picking out a vinyl siding. Once a thickness is determined, then manufacturer quality, profile depth and hem technology should be considered.
There are also many different profiles of vinyl siding. They are first divided into two types: regular and dutchlap. Regular types look like a single-sloped piece of wood. Dutchlap types are designed to look like a vertical piece of wood with a small slope portion on the top. The profile is typically referred to first as the number of pieces of wood that are simulated per piece of siding and then by the inches wide the simulated piece of wood. Regular profiles are most common in Double 4-inch, Double 4 ½-inch, and Double 5-inch profiles. Double means that there are two simulated rows of siding per piece. For example, Double 4-inch siding is an 8-inch-wide piece of siding that simulates two rows of 4-inch-wide siding. Vinyl siding is also available in Triple 3-inch siding and Single 8-inch siding. Most manufacturers currently only make Single 8-inch siding in white. There are also some oddball profiles out there such as Triple 2 2/3-inch that can be found, but are rare. Three Dutchlap profiles can also be found: Double 4-inch Dutchlap, Double 4 ½-inch Dutchlap, and Double 5-inch Dutchlap. Each manufacturer also has its own wood grain pattern that makes matching hail damaged siding even more complicated. Wood grain patterns can range from smooth to dashed to deep.
There are numerous colors of vinyl siding. Colors are typically unique to a manufacturer and can be difficult to match due to fading and oxidation. Each manufacturer has a “family” of colors span its entire vinyl siding line. Previously, fading was an issue for darker colors. In the last 5 to 10 years, “Geloy” has been added to darker colors to prevent fading, but this has increased the costs of darker colors. Oxidation of vinyl occurs over time and is present in the form of a white chalky powder that builds up on the surface of the vinyl siding. It can be removed by washing or power cleaning the siding.
A recent trend in the vinyl siding market is insulation-backed siding. This siding has a thick EPS insulation glued to the back of the vinyl siding that serves two purposes. First, the added backing gives the siding much more strength and hail resistance. Second, it typically adds an R-value of 2 to 5 depending on the manufacturer. This greatly increases the cost of the vinyl siding, making it similar in the price range to steel siding. But because of its benefits, it is the fastest growing sector of the siding market.
There are also numerous accessories that can be added to vinyl siding to give it a more upscale look. Window and door lineals give the appearance of a thick wood trim around the opening. Vinyl shutters, gable vents and recessed mounts can be installed to give a better look for windows, gables and light or faucets. Vertical siding and scalloped siding are also available to be installed in gable ends to break up the look of the home, and to give it a more Victorian look.
Most manufacturers of vinyl siding extend a 50-year to lifetime limited material warranty with their products. Using Weathercraft as your contractor will automatically qualify you for these warranties.