D. Holbrook

It's fair to say that most contractors and their customers are hesitant when it comes to choosing vinyl siding. On the plus side, vinyl is affordable, it installs quickly, it never needs painting, and it's supposed to last 30 to 50 years.

However, on the downside, vinyl siding products have a reputation for fragility. Vinyl expands and contracts with temperature changes more than any other popular siding material. Joints can open up, panels can buckle, and nailing flanges can tear. In extreme heat, panels can lose rigidity and can sag. In intense cold, vinyl becomes brittle and...

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