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Old 03-09-2012, 10:42 AM   #16
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Installation is very important no doubt, but facts are facts. Is a vinyl window with a thinner wall going to perform or last as long as one with a thicker wall? No. You can use the same logic for other materials and products as well. Thicker will be stronger in most cases. I am not saying that every .040 siding job will look terrible or fail, but it is far more likely to do so than a thicker product given the same design and installation quality. That is just pure common sense. You may as well argue that the sky is not blue if you want to argue against that.
.040 is the entry level, bargain basement vinyl siding product. Name any product or industry where the cheapest thing that you can buy is "just as good" as the best.
I'm sure that I could sell a lot more siding jobs if I just told people that the cheapest stuff out there is "good enough", but I could not sleep at night if I did.


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Old 03-09-2012, 08:07 PM   #17
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an old rule of thumb is the cheaper the material the better the installer needs to be
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:25 PM   #18
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I started out hanging aluminum siding (remember that stuff?) back in the seventies, before vinyl was sold. Then when vinyl came out, there was a learning curve, and the product improved over the years. There is such a thing as too thick. Alside used to make a panel back then called 'Endura'. It was an .072 panel, yes .072". It was so thick that even installed properly, the seams looked terrible, they actually cast a shadowline. And if you looked down a long wall where you had 3-4 full panels in a row, they all looked tilted, due to the thickness of the panel cocking itself at the overlaps. They discontinued it after a short time. Suffice to say, most of your premium panels are in the mid 40's. Some manufactures have added stiffeners to the panels that really do make a difference. Alside's 'Charter Oak' series is one of the nicest panels I have hung. It stays straight, locks up very snug, and looks great on the house.
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