Research Into the Damaging Effects on Vinyl Siding
- From the National Association of Home Builders: a white paper on “The Effect of Reflected Sunlight from Low-e and other Double Paned Window Glass on Vinyl Siding” (February, 2010)
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Building Products Issues Committee formed a task group to collect and evaluate available information on the issue and in February 2010 released a report of their findings. The NAHB report helps to provide a clear understanding of this issue from a third party perspective and outlines how siding distortion from reflected sunlight might be remedied, or even avoided, in the future.
- From the Vinyl Siding Institute: a white paper on “Understanding Solar Reflection and Heat Distortion” (July, 2010)
- From Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: a white paper on “Glass Solar Reflectance and Vinyl Siding” (July, 2011)
Abstract: This white paper presents what is known regarding the issue and identifies where more research is needed. Three primary topics are discussed: environmental factors that control the transfer of heat to and from the siding surface; vinyl siding properties that may affect heat build-up and permanent distortion; and factors that determine the properties of reflected solar radiation from glass surfaces, including insulating window glass. The document was prepared as an account of work sponsored by the U.S. Government.