Vinyl Siding

JTI Siding installs more vinyl siding than any other material. The low cost, versatility, and easy maintenance of vinyl siding has helped it become the most popular siding choice in the United States. Started in the 1960s, today vinyl siding dominates the market, accounting for about 80 percent of all remodels.

What is Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is extruded polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with the following additives:

  • Coloring – this is used to make a wide range of vinyl siding colors
  • Lubricant – this is for the manufacturing process only, to allow the material to pass through the manufacturing equipment
  • Acrylics and acrylate acrylonitrile – these are mixed in for durability, fade resistance, and strength

During the manufacturing process of vinyl siding, the maker creates two layers of vinyl and one is fused one on top of the other. The bottom layer is called the substrate; the top layer is called the cap stock. Once joined, the layers can no longer be pulled apart.

Thick or Thin: What’s the Difference?

Vinyl siding comes in several gauges, or thicknesses. This is important, as the thicker the gauge of the vinyl siding, the longer it will last. Also, the thicker it is, the less likely it is to blow off your home or warp or wave. (Waving is when the vinyl siding along the side of your home starts to look like the waves on the ocean.)  Most home improvement centers sell vinyl siding in 30 to 40 gauge.  This is adequate, but issues can arise. JTI Siding and Construction installs siding that is 45-55 gauge. This makes a huge difference in the look and feel but, more importantly, in the length and durability of the siding itself. It is also why JTI Siding and Construction has the longest warranty of any installation company in the Northwest Arkansas market.

What About Color: Will It Chip or Peal?

Vinyl siding is color-infused within the vinyl itself, so the color will not flake or chip off. Additionally, any deep scratches will be less visible on vinyl siding than any other siding material that’s painted only on the surface. Today’s vinyl siding has a much better color retention than it had in the past. Darker vinyl siding colors have comparable color retention to that of painted wood on many homes. Homeowners can pick from a wide variety of colors.  There are over 300 colors of vinyl siding available and specific colors can be special ordered, so we can put any color of vinyl that you choose for your home.

Get the Look with Vinyl Siding

Vinyl Siding Styles from JTI Siding in Fayetteville ARPopular architectural styles using vinyl siding and other polymeric siding include:

  • Horizontal profiles
  • Vertical profiles
  • Shakes
  • Scallops
  • Fish scales
  • Dutch lap
  • Clapboard
  • Beaded
Horizontal profiles / Clapboard Siding

This is one of the most common types of vinyl siding. It is the oldest type of vinyl siding and mimics the wood clapboard style that has been used for over 100 years. Clapboard vinyl siding looks like a flat piece of wood that runs horizontally across your home; every section of siding overlaps the piece beneath it. It can come in various sizes:

  • Single 7” & 8”
  • Double 4”, 4.5”, 5”, 6” 7” & 8”
  • Triple 3” & 6”
  • Quad 4”

The wider the section of siding, the fewer nails used per square foot. Because of this, the larger the piece of horizontal or clapboard siding, the less resistance it has to wind. It’s important to take this into consideration. If you live on the top of a hill that has constant wind, it might be best to go with a smaller size.

Board and Batten Vertical Siding

Board and batten is very similar to vertical siding, but it has an added strip to mimic real wood board and batten features. It has a wide strip of vinyl called the board and a narrow raised strip called the batten. Typically we install it as a single 12” siding with battens at the edges or double 10” siding with a batten in the middle of each strip. Mostly, we install this on sheds in your back yard and in some cases on the home itself.

Vertical profiles / Clapboard Siding

This style is very similar to board and batten, but there is no batten. It’s essentially clapboard siding installed vertically. There are size differences, but there are not as many options as there are with horizontal siding. You will often see vertical clapboard siding on barns, sheds, and sometimes on the gable of a house. Vertical siding is often used to make the peak on a roof or building appear higher than it really is. This vinyl siding style comes in the following sizes:

  • Single 12”
  • Double 5”, 6” & 10”
  • Triple 4”
Shake Siding or Shingle Siding

Shake siding or shingle siding is made to resemble wood shake siding. Mostly, it mimics cedar shakes or shingles. It is not installed in strips like clapboard or Dutch lap. Instead, it is installed in smaller pieces. This adds to the installation time and the overall costs of your siding project. With the higher-quality vinyl available today, these vinyl shake siding pieces look remarkably like wood. From the street, only a discerning eye is able to tell the difference between vinyl and real-wood shake siding. There are a variety of types of shake styles, which offer different looks. There are no real benefits to one over the other, so it really just depends on the customer’s preference.

The different styles include:

  • Traditional shake
  • Cape Cod shake
  • Hand split shake
Scallops Siding or Fish Scale Siding

Scallop siding and fish scale siding is the same thing. In some regions of the country it is called one name, and in other parts of the country, it is called another name. In Northwest Arkansas, it is usually called scallop siding. Scallop siding is really just a shape of shake siding and doesn’t belong in a category of its own. However, we often consider it as its own category because it’s seldom, if ever, used as the dominate type of siding on your home. Instead, it is used as an accent. We install it in the dormer or above a window up to the peak of the building. If your budget allows and you really want to distinguish your home from your neighbors, you should consider scallop siding accents. It is truly a beautiful way to improve the aesthetic beauty of your home at a very small increase to the cost of your siding job.

Dutch Lap Siding

Dutch lap siding is the most common form of siding used today. This is because it has a nice, natural look that appears much like real wood siding. Dutch lap siding has a beveled, 45-degree edge on the top. The bottom edge hangs at a 90-degree angle. Dutch lap takes its name from the settlers that brought the style of siding with them from northern Europe. It was used extensively in the northeastern United States during the colonial period. It is more stylish than clapboard siding as the angles of the bevel produce more shadow, which adds a look of depth to your home.

It comes in the following sizes:

  • Double 4”, 4.5”, 5”
  • Triple 4”

Beaded siding is a horizontal siding with a rounded bead at the top and bottom of each section of siding. The function of beaded siding is the same as Dutch lap. It adds depth to your home by creating shadows on the siding. The most common size of this style is 6.5” wide.

Cabin Board Siding or Log Home Siding

Manufactured to look like stacked logs, cabin board siding delivers a rustic appearance like you might see on a cabin in the woods. There are many different options in log-home or cabin-board siding. There are also many different materials that can be used to create the effect.  Cabin board siding is available in profiles from 7” to 10” wide.

Insulated Vinyl Siding

Insulated siding has a foam backing applied to the inside of the siding. Insulated siding can be purchased in various types and thicknesses to create different R-values, ranging from R-2.0 to R-5.0. The higher the R-value, the better job the material does at resisting the flow of cool air out of your home during the summer and hot air out of your home in the winter. Insulated vinyl siding does significantly increase in the cost of siding your home, but if heat loss in the winter or cool-air loss in the summer is a major concern to you, then you need to consider the extra expense.

Benefits of Vinyl Siding

CURB APPEAL Literally no other form of siding has the variety of colors, shapes, and textures. From smooth to deep wood-grain texture, vinyl literally is unmatched in versatility and variety. Vinyl siding comes in hundreds of colors including deep reds, sage greens, dark blues, and more.

DURABILITY Vinyl siding has been tested and proven to withstanding winds in excess of 110 mph. It also has the ability to resist the effects of hot conditions, cold conditions, and moisture when properly installed. Unlike other types of siding material, including fiber cement, vinyl siding does not decay at all. It’s plastic!

ENERGY EFFICIENCY If you choose insulated vinyl siding, you will improve your home’s energy efficiency. The exterior walls of your home are actually very poor at insulating your home from the elements. This is because wood framing and the OSB boards have poor insulation qualities,. They allow cool air, heat, and moisture to pass very easily through your walls. Both wood and metal studs are poor insulators. Most homeowners do not realize that their wall studs represent up to 30 percent of the wall surface of their homes. Insulated vinyl siding helps your home stays cool in summer and warm in winter. Insulated exterior siding is accepted as home insulation in various energy-efficiency programs.

LOW MAINTENANCE Vinyl siding requires the least amount of the homeowners’ time to maintain when compared to any other form of siding material. Vinyl siding can be cleaned very simply with mild soap and water. Vinyl Siding does not rot, split, or get insect damage.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY Vinyl siding is energy efficient and often includes recycled material. If you’re going for a LEED certification, you can safely use vinyl siding made from recycled material. This is much better for the environment as it keeps plastics out of the earth. In addition, when and if you choose to replace the vinyl siding on your home with another material, the vinyl siding can be recycled again.

INEXPENSIVE Vinyl siding is clearly the least expensive way to change the aesthetics of the outside of your home. Compared to any other type of siding, vinyl siding is far and away the least expensive solution.

EASY TO INSTALL Vinyl siding is relatively simple to install. However, though it’s fairly straight forward to install, there are difficult parts. For example, corners and around trim must be cut precisely. Also, seldom do you ever just get the siding done. Often while the siding is being done you also wrap metal around trim pieces like doors and windows as well as install the facia board. This is extremely difficult and takes very expensive metal-bending equipment. Another thing to consider is that the vinyl siding is what actually protects your home from water getting in and damaging your walls. This means that it must be installed without error. This is why 99 percent of all home owners seek out a professional siding installation company to perform the work.

Other Considerations

HARD TO CHANGE APPEARANCE In other words, you cannot just repaint vinyl siding another color. That is a disaster as paint does not stick to it. The only way to change the color is to actually change the siding.

SAGGING iding that is made from a thin gauge like 35 or lower can start to sag within one year if not installed with the nails much closer together. Even if the nails are installed closer together, the heat of the sun over time will cause the vinyl siding to sag.

WIND Although vinyl siding can withstand extreme winds, this is only true of the thickest grades of vinyl siding. That is why here at JTI Siding and Construction we only install gauge thickness of 40 or higher.

FADING Over time vinyl siding does fade. This causes problems because you may find that the bottom couple of pieces of your siding get damaged from weed eaters and lawn mowers. You may also lose a piece or two in a wind storm, or a piece may crack. If this happens, the entire strip will need to be replaced. However, your siding will have faded so it will no longer match. Unlike paint, we cannot go to a paint store and have the vinyl siding matched to the now-faded color so the replaced pieces stand out.

DENTS AND CRACKS Hot, hot summers can cause the vinyl siding to crack and sometimes break. A severe winter can also cause vinyl siding to become brittle and crack.
Very hot summers can also cause vinyl to melt or distort sometimes. This is called weaving. Also, if another home is built within 5 feet of your house and the other home has a window in direct sunlight, this can cause a phenomenon called solar diffraction. Although very rare, this has actually caused homes to burn down. We will not install vinyl siding on homes where this is possible. Be careful, as most siding installers either don’t care or are not even aware of solar refraction.
Large hail – Not even car windows or the windows of your home can withstand the size of hail common in some parts of the country. This is no different for vinyl siding. If the hail is large enough and traveling at a fast enough rate of speed, damage will occur.

WATER PENETRATION Time and time again, we at JTI Siding and Construction have been asked to reinstall someone’s poorly installed siding that is allowing water to pass into the home. This is why it’s so important to select a professional siding company.

JTI Siding serves customers throughout the Northeast Arkansas:

Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale