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Everywhere you look there are homes covered in colorful siding. In fact, the strong, weather resistant material is even popular on outbuildings, farms and stand-alone businesses. What makes siding so popular among homeowners and builders? It could be the variety of colors available and the numerous accessories offered in contrasting hues. It could also be the strength of the vinyl and aluminum materials used to create the fabric that makes it a good choice in harsh weather conditions. No matter why the colorful material has become popular, there are a few facts you may want to know before you choose to install the siding.

Specialty Parts

Vinyl siding has many specialty parts for use in areas around windows, doors, and corners. These can include starter strips, F-beads, backer insulation board, J-beads, and aluminum nails, just to mention a few. Since your home is a valuable investment, having a trusted contractor put the siding up on your house’s exterior can help guarantee the job is done correctly, and no gaps are left for water to cause damage. It can also be virtually maintenance free and extremely durable when done right.

Installing Siding

Although ads may lead you to believe siding is easy to install, it can be much more difficult than it looks. That is especially true for windows and doors because the tricky areas can be difficult to secure the cladding around and often require the use of a J-channel or Soffit-J trim. Another problem many people have is securing the material properly. Vinyl siding moves with the temperature changes of the seasons, and when it is unable to expand or contract, problems can develop.

Hiring a licensed contractor to install the siding on your building, home, or shed can be a wise investment in the value of the structure. A properly installed vinyl covering can be a thing of beauty for many years to come.