In the current lackluster housing market, there are two strong reasons homeowners might now choose to remodel: to improve their home because they plan to remain in it, or to add curb appeal to boost buyer interest. Vinyl siding addresses both possible reasons. And the color and texture choices in today’s vinyl siding combine with its innate strength and durability to create a product of unsurpassed distinction.
Whether it is a high-end remodel or conservatively priced project, manufacturers provide eye-catching and reliable vinyl to fit the job. And third-party endorsements and educational programs are designed to ensure the best products are installed the right way.
Strength and Style for any Price Point
“Studies show that curb appeal in a soft market prompts homeowners or sellers to re-side their homes in an effort to enhance curb appeal before putting their homes on the market,” says Jery Y. Huntley, president of Vinyl Siding Institute, Inc. (VSI).
“Obviously now that the environment is sluggish, the return to creating demand and communicating true features and benefits to homeowners is now more important than ever,” says Clancy DeArmond, vice president of sales for Royal Building Products. “Therefore Royal’s new expanded Journeyman, .044 product line now with 29 colors including several dark rich shades, really gives a sales-oriented company something to talk about. This new technology enabling Royal to introduce new, dark colors is a true breakthrough and is fun to sell.
“Vinyl siding still is the best, most cost-effective exterior, maintenance-free siding material available today,” adds DeArmond.
“That has not changed. The technology just keeps on getting better and better, as do the products.”
Variform’s Contractor’s Choice line of vinyl siding offers a combination of quality and cost-effectiveness. The durable, easy-to-install panels stand up to the elements and the realistic cedar-look finish will remain attractive for years of virtually maintenance-free use. Contractor’s Choice panels are .040 in. thick and feature 1/2-in. panel projection for defined shadow lines. The brushed cedar texture with Color-through technology reduces the appearance of scratches and won’t peel, flake, check or craze like paint. The product line is available in 13 classic colors with ultra-low gloss finish.
“Nailite’s new Cedar Pride EZ cladding panel was designed to meet the needs of today’s builders, remodelers, siding contractors and homeowners,” said Frank McCormack, vice president of sales for Nailite. “Homeowners are offered an authentic and unique product that incorporates today’s color trends at a fraction of the cost and maintenance of real cedar products. Builders, remodelers and contractors benefit from a unique, easy-to-install locking mechanism that reduces time on the job while increasing their take per home.”
Nailite’s siding replicates the look of real cedar, brick and stone. The company has expanded its product line and color pallet with five new colors and Cedar Pride EZ. The new panel has a 9- to 9 1/2-in. shingle exposure for the realistic look of staggered split shake, and is available in 17 colors, including three premium shades. Cedar Pride is one of three products that offer “EZ” installation, reducing installation time and saving builders money.
The Foundry’s premium cedar-look siding offers a rustic look with Staggered Shakes. These shakes have an uneven pattern and a rough sawn look on their edges giving them the appearance of handcrafted cedar with a 10-in. exposure. Split along the grain, cedar shakes are deeply textured in a way that sets off the relationship of light and shadow. The Foundry’s Series of shapes add an interesting distinction to a home’s exterior and are available in seven classic shapes. The Foundry siding is available in a range of colors and patterns in the company’s Traditional, Tropical and Weathered collections.