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Frequently Asked Questions
How does siding compare with other home exterior materials?
When compared to wood, brick, stone and stucco, siding can provide several advantages in terms of maintenance costs, appearance, durability and value.
Gentek offers a broad range of sidings in vinyl, steel and aluminum, so you can choose the style and finish that best suits your home and climate area. Siding beautifully combines the classic appeal of a freshly painted wood with high-performance materials that are easy to maintain. Built weather-tough, Gentek siding won’t chip, peel, or rot like painted wood and requires very minimal upkeep. Just rinse occasionally with a garden hose to restore the siding’s like-new beauty. With a variety of materials, profile designs, textures and colors to choose from, you can design a beautiful home exterior that will stand the test of time.
In addition, Gentek sidings are backed by strong lifetime limited warranties*–further assurance you have made an excellent selection for your home.
What can be done to improve the appearance and durability of my home’s exterior?
Perhaps you are tired of dealing with peeling paint and rotting clapboards. And you wonder, “Will another coat of paint really hide the weather-worn condition of my wood siding? And even if it can, is it worth the cost?” Or maybe you’re thinking about replacing warped hardboard siding…or getting rid of dated asphalt or asbestos siding…or eliminating old dented metal siding…or giving a fresh, contemporary look to masonry walls.
New siding from Gentek can lend an elegant finish to your home while also reducing upkeep and annual maintenance. For nearly 50 years, Gentek has been helping millions of Americans create homes that match their dreams and fit their budgets. And with a full range of siding, soffit, fascia, trim and decorative accessories, we have everything you need to design a beautiful finish for your home.
Isn’t it less costly to just repaint my home?
If you plan to move within the next three years, the answer is probably “yes.” But if you plan to stay in your home longer than that, the calculations begin to heavily favor new siding.
Of course, if your home has special problems – for example, warped clapboards that have to be replaced or lead-based paint that has to be scraped and sanded off – the cost of painting can become truly staggering.
New siding for your home can be a smart investment. For example, according to Remodeling magazine’s “2009 – 10 Cost vs. Value Report,” the national average of the cost recouped for vinyl siding is 79.9% for midrange projects.
Compare the ongoing costs of painting every three to five years to a one-time investment in siding. For most homeowners the conclusion is obvious – new siding can offer better long-term value.
Why is vinyl siding such a popular choice?
Vinyl siding’s outstanding features and benefits have made it the most popular siding material in America today. And because vinyl is the preferred siding for more and more homeowners, it retains most of its installed cost (see information above). It’s the material of choice on new luxury homes…and the first choice for remodeling projects large and small.
Gentek offers a broad range of vinyl siding products to fit every design and budget. Choose from a variety of profiles in Dutch Lap, Clapboard, and Board and Batten with textured finishes and a wide array of colors, including classic hues, variegated and darker Designer Colors.
You’ll also appreciate vinyl siding’s easy-care upkeep. Durable and dent-resistant, each vinyl panel is solid color through and through, so it never needs painting or staining. Vinyl siding won’t chip, peel, dent or rot, so you can forget costly repairs and time-consuming maintenance. Just rinse occasionally with a garden hose to restore the siding’s like-new beauty.
For added peace of mind, Gentek vinyl sidings are backed by strong lifetime limited warranties,* ensuring excellent quality and value for your home.
How does the cost of new siding compare to the added resale value it provides?
In terms of adding resale value to your home, new siding can be one of the smartest investments you can make. In a previous annual survey of project cost versus added value, Remodeling magazine said that “…the highest payback comes from projects that give an older home the same features that have become standard in new homes.”
Exterior improvements such as the installation of new siding also make a home more attractive on the market. According to a real estate agent interviewed by Remodeling, “Things like new siding and new windows will not add dollar for dollar value…(but) they will cause the house to sell quicker for more money.”
Choosing insulated siding for your home can add even greater value and market appeal, because it enhances thermal performance and energy savings, as well as softens outside noise for a quieter home.
What exterior design options do I have with new siding?
Siding is one of the most versatile exterior design products you can work with. Gentek offers many different siding lines in vinyl, steel and aluminum, along with shakes and scallops constructed in high-performance polypropylene. This broad selection lets you choose from a wide variety of panel designs in Dutch Lap, Clapboard, Board and Batten, and Vertical V-Groove with smooth and woodgrain textures and a host of color options.
Not sure of the design you want? Just check out the many styles available on our Visualizer. This creative, interactive program takes the guesswork out of designing a home exterior by showing you a variety of color schemes with a click of a mouse.
What accessories and trim are available?
When you design the exterior of your home, you’ll want to consider more than just siding. You’ll need trim for windows and doors, and at inside and outside corners. You also may want new soffit and fascia to lend a pristine finish to rooflines, overhangs and other hard-to-reach areas of your home.
Gentek has everything you need to give your home a flawless finish. Standard trim components let you merge siding and trim areas together to create a balanced, uniform look. To take your exterior design a step further, choose from our TrimEssentials by Gentek collection of decorative accents to add dimension and style to windows, doorways, corners, gables and more. Each accent may be small inpidually, but together they create a truly transformative effect.
Gentek also offers expertly crafted replacement windows and patio doors. Ask your contractor about the full selection of Gentek products for all of your home improvement plans.
My home is partially brick and partially wood siding. Can I still use vinyl siding?
Yes, vinyl siding is extremely versatile and can be used with just about any exterior building material – brick, cinder block, even natural logs and field stones.
If you have special installation concerns – such as running vinyl siding along a natural stone chimney, for example – talk to your contractor. It’s likely that he has handled a similar installation in the past. If he hasn’t, he can contact a Gentek technical specialist for detailed installation instructions. Gentek takes pride in backing its products and service with the full faith of nearly 50 years of industry expertise.
How do I choose a reputable contractor?
First and foremost, make an informed decision. Require references and look at previous work. Word-of-mouth recommendations from neighbors or friends who have recently re-sided their houses are an excellent start. You may also want to ask about liability insurance, customer satisfaction policies and professional credentials.
The relationship you have with your contractor is extremely important. Choose someone whose skills you trust, someone qualified to perform the task required, and someone you can work with comfortably.
How do I maintain my siding?
It’s simple. There really is no maintenance, just occasional cleaning.
Ordinarily, the cleaning action of a rainfall will be adequate to wash your siding. However, siding and soffit should be washed periodically by rinsing with a garden hose and clear water, particularly in those areas not exposed directly to rain. If you desire to do a more thorough cleaning, or where high soil collection conditions occur, use a soft-bristled, long-handled washing brush. It attaches to your garden hose and makes washing your siding easier.
Do not rub vigorously. This may create glossy areas over the siding finish. For hard-to-remove dirt, such as soot and grime found in industrial areas, wipe the siding down with a solution that’s recommended by the manufacturer. If you wash the entire house, start at the bottom and work up to the top, as less streaking will result. It is important that immediately following all washing operations, the entire surface be thoroughly rinsed with fresh water from a garden hose.
Is one season better than another to have my new siding installed?
Not really. You can have your siding installed in any season, as your schedule and budget allow. But keep in mind that some contractors are more available during the off-seasons. Regardless of when you have your new siding installed, you’ll appreciate the immediate benefits of improved appearance, as well as the long-term enjoyment of durability and easy maintenance.