Using Vinyl Sidings To Improve Our Landscape Design
Architectural landscaping continues to change. Gingerbread trim, clapboards and wood shingles are not features of the past. In this case, homeowners could opt for vinyl siding and one of the most determinant factors are low cost. Vinyl siding could be made to look like wood and it is affordable. Cleaning it is also very simple.
We only need to use hose and outdoor cleaning towel. Vinyl siding is usually made from a strong material called polyvinyl chloride. It resist damages and rigid. Colors can be made to go all the way through inside the siding, so scratches and chipping will be less visible. This is good news for homeowners who don’t want to perform outdoor repainting tasks too often. Also, some vinyl siding designs could add more personality to our property.
There is a wide array of forms and colors that we can choose, including fish scales, shingles and scallops. For more modern appearance, we could choose vertical designs and Dutch lap installations if we want an old-fashioned look. We should do our homework before choosing the right vinyl siding.
There are different grades of these sidings and in some cases, we won’t get bargain basement prices, due to special design and specs. However, we should choose higher grade siding and we will have more attractive appearance. We should also make sure that vinyl sidings can withstand extreme temperature swings, including hot, scorching summer and frozen, snow-laden winter. In some cases, installations of vinyl siding isn’t a DIY job, due to the complexity of the task.
If we believe that the task can be rather overwhelming, we should find licensed experts. We should be aware that improper installation will result in reduced durability. Vinyl siding could develop waves and blisters due to weather and seasonal changes. Vinyl has different insulating properties compared to wood and metal.
If we want to install vinyl siding over an old cladding, we should address any rot and water damage underneath. If we don’t fix these problems, things could get worsen over time. If the cladding is no longer appropriate, we should remove and replace with a new one. We should also add an insulation layer to minimize water exposure. Obviously, not everyone prefers vinyl siding and many could still choose wood and corrosion-resistant metal.
Wood remains a primary preference among landscaping architects and people who want to get historic appearances. Wood is still considered as an aesthetics and more natural element. People who prioritize on ecological factors may also prefer wood siding because it is biodegradable. It is definitely much less durable than vinyl, but they are prepared to replace sidings regularly to save the Mother Earth. Redwood and cedar shingles are quite appropriate for sidings.
To increase resistance to moisture and insect damage, we could add some special finishes. However, we should be aware that some wood siding models, like cedar can be a bit more expensive to install, because they may need to be fastened individually.