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Old 06-18-2010, 05:37 PM   #1
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Hello all,

This isn't so much a DIY question as it is just a general question for anyone who might be knowledgeable about this.

I'm having a house built and we're at the stage of choosing our siding color. We really wanted to go with a darker brown color, such as sable brown, but it only comes in the higher grade, thicker siding which is twice the price.

I asked the salesperson why you can only get dark colors in the more expensive siding and he indicated that it may be due to how the sun reacts with darker colors and there may be a better chance of warping if you use a darker color in a lighter grade siding.

Is there some truth to this, and if we take the plunge and go with the more expensive siding are we going to possibly experience any warping, or is the darker siding going to have more noticeable fading than lighter colors?

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I’m assuming your talking about Vinyl Siding. The color “will” fade. Any warping would be from installation issues, like nailing to tight and not having the proper gap in the channels.

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Yes, vinyl siding.

I understand that it will fade somewhat but does it fade pretty evenly? Are we going to be looking at a completely different color in 10 years after fading, more so than a lighter color?

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It will fade evenly as far as, it shouldn’t fade blotchy. But areas that get more sun will fade much faster than under the covered porch.

Myself personally am not a fan of vinyl siding on new construction, in my area anyway.

Were do you live?

Why Vinyl?

You know, Vinyl is not final as the sales reps. would have you believe.
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I'm in Wisconsin, cold snowy winters and hot summers. It looks like vinyl is just the standard around here for new construction. I've looked at a lot of new homes and whether it be shakes or siding, it's vinyl.

I have 10 year old vinyl siding on my current house and I can tell it's faded a little but it still holds up well.
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A friend of mine also in Wisconsin had a problem where the sun would reflect off the house next to him and shine right on the side of his house which was had vinyl siding. The siding actually looked like it had melted like someone was cooking to close with a grill. He contacted to builder and they replaced that section with a thicker grade vinyl siding and he never had a problem again. So yes there is some truth that vinyl siding can warp when heated to a high temperature. I think if you go with the better grad of siding you should be fine

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dark colors can warp regardless of installation,ive seen it warp laying on the ground,the technology is getting better but its still can happen

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