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As you research building products for your multi-family or other low-rise commercial projects, consider this: vinyl and other polymeric siding can help you realize your vision because they are available in the widest array of beautiful and durable quality profiles, textures, colors, architectural trim and accessories — more than any other exterior cladding. Siding profiles include clapboard, Dutchlap, board & batten, beaded, shakes, scallop, fish scale, half cove, hexagon and more. The choice is yours.
The choice is also green. According to an environmental life cycle assessment conducted using BEES® (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability) software developed by the National Institute of Science and Technology vinyl siding and insulated siding beat fiber cement and brick hands down in overall green performance, and was a close second to cedar.
Vinyl siding and insulated siding can potentially contribute to achieving points in the leading green building certification programs: ANSI approved ICC 700 National Green Building Standard™ (more points than other exterior cladding); United States Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED® for New Construction; and LEED® Homes Rating Systems.
When you choose vinyl siding, you’re guaranteed a quality product that performs to industry standards. Vinyl siding, including insulated siding and polypropylene siding, is the only exterior cladding with both a product-certification program administered by an independent, accredited quality-control agency that ensures products and colors meet or exceed the national consensus standards for the product category and a certified installer program with validation by an independent, third-party administrator to ensure that installers demonstrate knowledge of industry-accepted application techniques.
Your choice should offer best value. Vinyl siding has the lowest installed cost of any exterior cladding because it goes up faster and doesn’t require painting, staining, sealing, or caulking. Virtually any type of trim or accessory that has been traditionally produced in wood is now available in vinyl for less — relieving you and your clients’ fiber cement and wood-based worries of painting, swelling, cracking, warping, and insect-damage.
Your choice is safe and building code compliant. Vinyl siding can be used in all types of construction and occupancies as it complies with, and is considered a safe cladding by, the International Building Code. In fact, vinyl siding doesn’t show evidence of sustained flaming when tested in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 268 Test Method for Determining Ignitability of Exterior Wall Assemblies Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source. Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) includes certain vinyl siding as accepted products in fire-resistive construction.
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