When I initially joined the building products industry in the year 1999 there were 30 + Manufacturers of Vinyl Siding…Fast forward to today, and it’s now down to 9… mostly through consolidation. It remains the #1 Choice for exterior cladding across the US, primarily due to its low cost and maintenance freedom.And it looks EXACTLY like it did in 1999, nothing has changed.
People have been driven to this product over the years because it was the closest thing to resemble wood, without having to paint it, stain it, or maintain it…
GOOD NEWS! You have an alternative… Injection Molded Polypropylene Siding, and here are 5 reasons why:
1. Curb Appeal:Next time you are driving down your street, take a look at the other homes.Do they look alike? Or at least similar? Polypropylene Siding is offered in 4 primary profiles: Traditional Cedar (most popular), Hand Split, Scallops (or Half Rounds), and Cape Cod. They can be used to cover the whole house, or simply as an accent.You can choose to use comparable or contrasting colors…it’s up to you!
2. Twice As Thick:On average, Polypropylene Siding is twice as thick as traditional vinyl siding.The added thickness provides better impact resistance against things such as hail and falling tree branches.The increased thickness adds weight to the product, making in more wind resistant, and therefore far less likely to blow off during a storm
3. Looks Like Wood: No really, it does!Deep, three dimensional wood grain provides the natural look of wood. The unique surface treatment of the mold removes the “gloss factor”, no more shiny looking plastic on your home!
4. No More Seams: An inherent problem with vinyl siding is that it can’t be installed properly without lapping the panels every 12 feet, therefore creating a visible vertical seam from the bottom to the top! In addition, vinyl siding expands and contracts as the seasons change (hot to cold, cold to hot). After a few years, this expansion and contraction often causes the seams to become even more apparent. Polypropylene Siding butts together, end to end, no need to lap!Various key widths make finding a seam virtually impossible.
5.Environmentally Friendly: Throughout its life cycle, Polypropylene Siding is more environmentally friendly and sustainable than vinyl siding, as well as most other exterior cladding products, and is 100% recyclable…
For most, the home is the biggest investment you and your family have. Most people side or re-side their home ONCE, so I encourage you to do it right the first time. Do yourself a favor and ask your contractor or builder to show you what’s available in Polypropylene Siding… you will be glad you did!
In Part 1, we discussed mold flow analysis (MFA) and the ways Ferriot uses it to improve the tool design process and, ultimately, the quality of the final custom injection molding we perform for our customers. In this ...