If you are looking to upgrade your home by having vinyl siding installed and you mention this to friends, there may be one or two who will start exclaiming all the horrible things that they “know” about vinyl siding. The quotes are placed there on purpose because it isn’t real knowledge, just common misconceptions that they have picked up along the way. Here are some of the myths circulating out there and the facts that debunk them.
- Myth #1: The manufacturing process of vinyl siding is horrible for the environment. The reality is that when compared to other types of materials, including fiber cement siding, lumber mills, and even brick factories, the manufacturing process of vinyl siding is far cleaner technology. This misconception probably comes from the fears over dioxin levels, as they were high in the 1970s but have been decreased by more than 90% since then, and vinyl siding manufacturing now poses no perceptible impact.
- Myth #2: Vinyl siding is very flammable. The main constituent in vinyl siding is polyvinyl chloride, known by most as PVC, which doesn’t ignite at anything less than 730°F. It is also easy to extinguish. The International Building Code dictates flame requirements, so you can be confident that your vinyl siding isn’t highly flammable and won’t self-ignite.
- Myth #3: During a fire, the vinyl siding will put off lots of toxic smoke. All organic compounds produce some toxic fumes when they burn; however, vinyl siding releases less carbon monoxide than other materials.
At Covenant Roofing and Construction, we want you to be completely happy with your decision to have vinyl siding installed on your home. If we can help you better understand this product and the benefits it provides, we are happy to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to learn more about vinyl siding or to get a quote for your home.