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Siding FAQ

 

Q.    How do I clean my siding?

A.    A yearly cleaning with a garden hose is sufficient. If you prefer to use a presser washer, do not exceed 1500 psi (pounds per square inch). If mold and mildew is a problem, a mixture of two parts water and one part bleach sprayed onto the siding should eliminate it.

 

Q.    I have defective hardboard siding which is warped and full of moisture. I'm looking for opinions on whether or not to tear the old siding off of the house or leave it when the vinyl is put on. Also is there a minimum thickness the vinyl should be?

A.    Typically the vinyl is installed right over the existing siding. But that usually is if the present siding is structurally ok. You can cover it as long as it is not infested with termites/ants. The vinyl will stop any additional moisture damage. The thickness is regulated by A.S.T.M D3679 and should be no less than .035 in thickness, premium siding product will measure .040 plus or minus .005.

 

Q.     What are the advantages of Vinyl vs. Aluminum?

A.     Vinyl, color wise, lasts longer than aluminum. It doesn't dent like aluminum, however it can crack under the right circumstances. There are products in vinyl siding available that have increased R-Value while providing a stronger resistance to contact damage. Generally vinyl is the siding of choice.

 

Q.    Why should I choose professional installation from Anderson Brooks Construction?

A.    Vinyl siding expands when it's hot and shrinks when it's cold. A 12-foot panel can expand up to 3/4 inches on a hot day. This simple fact influences everything: from vinyl's appearance to its installation particulars. Most of all, it means you need a skilled installer. Because of expansion, vinyl siding must not be tightly nailed or fitted. Every piece needs at least 1/4 to 3/8 in. of slack at both ends, and nails must be driven in straight. Installing siding is not a simple "do it yourself job" and is better left to siding installation professionals who have the necessary skills and equipment to do the job right the first time.

 

Q.     Do I ever have to paint my siding again?

A.  No. Vinyl siding is virtually maintenance free. The most you ever have to do is give your home a washing with soap and water once or twice a year.

 

Q.     How much does it cost to side a home?

A.     Because we offer siding at a number of price points to fit any need and any budget, and because every home and siding job is unique, there is no way to answer this question. The best thing to do is invite an Anderson Brooks salesperson to your home so he can measure it accurately and discuss any needs you may have. When considering costs, remember these points:

Q.     How long will it take to install?

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