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Most homeowners want product performance, low maintenance, moderate price and peace of mind. But exterior beauty is important too, because they know first impressions count. Vinyl siding offers reliability, craftsmanship and styles to beautify any home.
HOW IS VINYL SIDING MADE?
Vinyl siding is manufactured by coextrusion. Two layers of PVC are laid down in a continuous extrusion process; the top layer is weatherable capstock, which comprises about a third of the siding thickness. This capstock includes about 10% titanium dioxide, which is a pigment and provides resistance to breakdown from UV light. The lower layer, known as substrate, is typically about 15% ground limestone (which is largely calcium carbonate). The limestone reduces cost, and also balances the titanium dioxide, keeping both extrusion streams equally fluid during manufacturing. A small quantity of tin mercaptan or butadiene is added as a stabilizer to chemically tie up any hydrochloric acid that is released into the PVC material as the siding ages. Lubricants are also added to aid in the manufacturing process.
FIBER CEMENT SIDING Disadvantages
Fiber Cement siding is the best looking, finest performing siding you can buy. It is a beautiful alternative to wood that will dramatically enhance the look of your home and offer the long lasting durability your home deserves.
Fiber Cement Siding
HOW IS FIBER CEMENT SIDING MADE?
Fiber cement exterior siding is made of sand, cement and cellulose fibers, which are cured with pressurized steam (autoclaved) to enhance the strength of the final product. The cellulose fibers in this particular siding material serve the purpose of crack prevention. After the autoclaving process, designs are imprinted on the surface of the material before baking. The resultant product, which is a hardened material, is called fiber cement siding. This is available in the form of planks or as shingles. After installation, fiber cement planks look like overlapping boards arranged in a horizontal manner, mimicking wooden cladding.