Braintree: Five Vinyl Siding Accessories you MUST have!

By: Allison Q Guido, CS

Every vinyl siding job can be either basic or it can have added accessories that will make your house not only look better, function better, but also save you money on your heating and cooling costs.

GreenGuard HouseWarpHouse-wrap. Siding is not water proof so you want to make sure you have a barrier between the siding and your sheathing. The wrap deflects water away from the sheathing, serves as a barrier to air infiltration, and allow moisture vapor to escape.

Insulation Board. Lays flat, makes your home quieter, Covers the studs where cavity insulation doesn’t, increased the R value of your wall area, reducing you costs. Insulation board comes in 1/4” to 2”dentil and 1.0 to 10.0 R values.

Exterior Molding.  Dental Moldings will add crisp architectural detail to your home, and help make it look more dramatic than a standard siding renovation.

Shutters. Polypropylene shutters come in 15 colors and 15 standard sizes and 3 standard widths. Special sizes are also available. Shutters come in open louver, raised panel and board-n-batten designs, quarter round arch tops are also available

PVC Trim.  PVC is made of stable high-density PVC that won’t rot, split or chip, and will never absorb water. It has a density and workability comparable to white pine, but until pine it won’t rot. It can be painted or left in it the white color that it normally comes.

There are several PVC Trim manufactures now including Azek, Certainteed, Fypon, and even a local manufacture Harvey Building Products now makes PVC Trim.

Just some things to consider when planning your vinyl siding installation. And remember the most important part of any vinyl siding job is to hire a proven, well established company to install your siding job, who has a long track record and is certified by the vinyl siding institute such as Almar Building and Remodeling or CAT Exteriors.
To get answers to more of your questions about Vinyl Siding you can watch our videos answering the top 18 questions we get from homeowners presented by Terry Quinn, for our exteriors division CAT Exteriors. Click Here:

 

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Allison Q Guido, CS is the Owner/General Manager of CAT Exteriors a division of Almar Building & Remodeling Co in Hanover Ma. Almar is a 3rd-generation, full service general contractor, and satisfying homeowners for over 53 years on the South Shore. Almar handles both large and small projects including: Additions, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Basements, Windows, Doors, Siding, Decks, and other carpentry projects. With 5 licensed constructions supervisors, Almar is also RRP certified to work on homes built prior to 1978. Visit their website for more information about Allison and Almar Building. http://www.catexteriors.com