FAQ's Siding

  • What is vinyl siding?It is like a new skin for your home, fashioned out of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to emulate wood. It is available in a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes. The durability of vinyl siding, choices of textures and color fastness have improved tremendously since it was introduced in the late 1950’s.
  • What is PVC made of? Polyvinyl chloride is manufactured in the United States mostly out of chloride (derived naturally from salt) and ethylene (derived from American natural gas). The remaining ingredients, which vary by manufacturer, help give it color, texture and toughness.
  • What does it cost?We would need to conduct a visual inspection of your home and measure it for an accurate estimate. Call 888-819-3182 or click here to schedule a visit from a representative of Bassett Gutters and More. There is no charge for an estimate.
  • How many people select vinyl siding over wood, brick and other choices?More than 60% of all new homes have a least a portion of their exterior clad with vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is the number one choice of home owners wishing to upgrade the exterior of their home, more popular than even repainting according to the US Census Bureau.
  • Why is vinyl siding so popular?It is generally the least expensive option for giving your home’s exterior a face lift. Vinyl is durable, very low maintenance and offers consumers tons of choices regarding shapes, textures and colors.
  • Why don’t I just repaint my house?Many homeowners have told us that estimates to repaint their homes by a qualified professional were about the same money or in some cases more expensive than installing new vinyl. Scraping and preparing old wood for fresh paint is very labor intensive.
  • What if I don’t like the looks of vinyl?You are probably thinking about the vinyl siding offered years ago. When is the last time you looked at samples? Manufacturers of vinyl siding have expanded their products to mimic virtually any type of exterior wood siding, including cedar shakes and clapboard siding.
  • What maintenance is required when using vinyl siding?Most manufacturers of siding recommend an annual cleaning of exterior vinyl in the spring or fall.
  • What about mold and mildew?Depending on a home’s location, any type of exterior siding is subject to mold or mildew. Vinyl siding manufacturers recommend cleaning larger problem areas with a solution of 30% vinegar and 70% water or spot cleaning small areas with a mild household cleaner (without bleach or degreasing agents). A soft bristle brush and gentle stream of rinse water is preferred.
  • Will installing vinyl siding trap moisture in my home’s exterior?Using a professional installer, like Bassett Gutters and More, is a key to avoiding problems down the road. We will make sure proper materials are used underneath the siding and adequate ventilation is provided. Engineers say the leading causes of moisture problems in homes are water seeping from a leaky roof and overflow from faulty gutters. Our estimators can thoroughly examine your home and check for any potential problems -- like faulty gutters or roofing -- prior to your vinyl installation. Ask about our money-saving packages that include any combination of a new roof, gutter system, replacement windows/doors and vinyl siding.