Vinyl siding has been in the market for over 60 years, making it one of the most widely available siding material for homeowners. For such a short time, however, it has already done a lot. Not only is it one of the most popular and common residential home siding materials, it has, unfortunately, also gotten a bad rap along the way.
Before you get vinyl siding for your home, we might as well dispel the myths surrounding this material.
Myth #1: Vinyl Siding Burns Easily
While all organic materials will ignite if exposed to a high enough temperature, the truth is that vinyl siding is actually more difficult to ignite because of its composition. Vinyl siding is manufactured mainly from polyvinyl chloride or PVC, a natural flame retardant due to its chlorine base. As such, PVC won’t ignite until about 730°F, and won’t self-ignite until 850°F. These temperatures are much higher than lumber, which ignites at about 500°F and self-ignites at 770°F.
Myth #2: Vinyl Siding Isn’t Safe
Due to its composition, the second myth about vinyl siding is it’s not safe. Some homeowners think that because the PVC used to produce vinyl siding is a synthetic product, then it must be bad for your health or the environment. The truth is the amount of dioxin, the by-product of vinyl siding manufacturing, released into the atmosphere is less than 0.5% of the total dioxins released into the atmosphere.
Myth #3: Vinyl Siding is Not Durable
Highly resistant to cold and heat, moisture, and rotting, vinyl siding is one of the most durable materials available. In addition, this type of material is also capable of withstanding hurricane winds of up to 110mph. This durability also comes with it customization options unlike any other siding material out there. Vinyl comes in a variety of textures, colors, and other options.
Myth #4: Vinyl Siding is Not Environment-Friendly
One of the most common myths there are is that vinyl siding clogs up landfills because it doesn’t get recycled. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, billions of pounds of vinyl are melted down and recycled annually. As a result, vinyl siding can be melted down and made into other plastic products found in your home.
Vinyl siding is a safe, cost-efficient, and customizable choice for your Wichita, Topeka, and Derby, KS home. Southard Renewal by Andersen of Kansas, your trusted and professional siding contractor, ensures your siding material is safe both for you and the environment to protect your home for years to come. Reach us at (855) 871-9140 for more information about this wonder material.