Virtually any material — particularly if it enjoys a large following — is subject to the proliferation of myths. The home construction and improvement industry is no exception. Take vinyl siding for example. Vinyl siding contractors like Austin Pro Siding, Windows & Roofing are well aware of the myths surrounding this popular material. That’s why we compiled some of those myths in this post; they’re due for a good debunking.
Myth 1: Vinyl Is Not Durable
While it’s true that you can find more durable materials than vinyl, that doesn’t mean vinyl is weak. Manufacturers have made improvements to make their vinyl siding more durable. That’s why it can last for many years. You can also find vinyl siding that can withstand up to 110-mph winds.
Myth 2: Vinyl Looks Cheap
High-end vinyl siding looks anything but. It’s virtually impossible to tell if it’s vinyl or wood. Also, vinyl never needs repainting or restaining, unlike wood siding.
Myth 3: Vinyl Is More Expensive
This cannot be farther from the truth. Vinyl is a lot more affordable than other popular materials. When you take into account that it never needs repainting, that’s more savings for you. Vinyl doesn’t require lots of maintenance, either. You don’t even need special chemicals to clean it. Just spray it with a garden hose. You can also use a mild detergent and a sponge or microfiber cloth to remove stains and mud, then hose it down. A power-washer is not needed or recommended.
Myth 4: Vinyl Siding Is Not Good for the Environment
Some people refer to the creation of dioxin, a toxic gas released when you burn something. The truth is that the dioxin released during the creation of vinyl is very minimal. It’s nothing compared to the dioxin released by a volcano, a forest fire or your wood-burning fireplace.
Vinyl siding is also highly recyclable, so it’s considered one of the greenest materials out there. If you have a siding repair or replacement, inform your contractor that you want the old vinyl siding recycled.
Myth 5: Vinyl Siding Is Highly Combustible
Actually, good vinyl siding is a fire retardant, so it slows down a fire. On the other hand, wood siding, if not treated with a fire retardant, is more combustible.
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