Reading the manufacturer's warranty should give you a good indication of the product's ability to handle heavy weather.
Some even comply with the 146-miles-per-hour wind code in hurricane-prone Miami, Florida.
“What I'll do,” Tom says, “is replace the damaged piece with some siding from a less conspicuous part of the house.” Then he replaces that piece with the new, unfaded length. After 10 to 15 years, the change can be significant.
When that happens, or if you simply want to change its color, vinyl can be painted, as self-defeating as it may seem.
(If that doesn't do the job, the Vinyl Siding Institute suggests mixing 1/3 cup laundry detergent, 2/3 cup powdered household cleaner, 1 quart liquid laundry bleach, and 1 gallon water.) He just brushes it on, working from the bottom up, and gently hoses it off.
Tom discourages homeowners from using a power washer on their siding; the high-pressure equipment is likely to drive water behind the panels. With a zip tool and a flick of the wrist, Tom simply unhooks it from the ones above and below, then pulls out the nails.
The thinnest siding that meets code is .035 inch thick.
But its reputation was tarnished in the early days when it cracked, faded, buckled, and sagged. siding market for new homes, with no end in sight to its growing popularity.
Tightly nailed plastic siding can buckle on very hot days.
The L-shaped clip under the nailing slot hooks into a channel in the butt of the panel above.
That's because, in most cases, only a relatively small area of a vinyl panel is actually resting against the sheathing.
A thin panel, or one without support, is more likely to sag over time.