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Old 02-03-2010, 10:54 AM   #1
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I currently have Revere Berkshire Beaded Vinyl siding on my house. The house is only about 3 years old and I've already had a lot of fading from the sun on the vinyl.

I've been working with the manufacturer (GenTek) and they've been pretty good about it so far. While it took a while to go through the process they've agreed to replace all my siding (with the same siding) or cut me check for $5000.

I know the house used about 32 squares of siding during construction, so I'm just trying to figure out if it's better to have them do the replacement, or take the money and get someone else to do it. I'm betting replacement is the better option because I don't think I'd be able to get the house sided for under 5K.

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So they are offering you all the material (no labor),--- or ---no material, no labor, and a check for $5000?...Or are they offering to replace the siding including labor (My estimated value of about $10,000)? If it includes labor then that is a far better deal. If not, then take the cash...You might also want to consider an upgrade to their Soveriegn line. It is much better quality.

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They are offering to fully remove and replace (including labor) the old siding, so it does sound like that is a better deal.

I'll have to ask them if there's a chance of upgrading to a different siding at all if I pay a bit out of pocket.

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I would definitely say that is a better deal. For $5000 you are only really being compensated for the material if your size of 32sq is correct. Revere isn't a hugely popular brand, but I haven't seen many problems. As I said, the Sovereign is definetly an upgrade (.046 gauge) over the Berkshire, so I'd think they'd be happy to install that if you paid the difference... I have to say that I'm pretty impressed that they are willing to pay for the labor 3yrs after install. I don't think that is standard policy.
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They have a lifetime warranty against fading. We must have been part of a bad lot because we started seeing fading within 18 months and it's just gotten worse.

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I'm aware of the fade warranty, I just didn't think it covered labor. Good for you though!
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If the $5,000 is intended to cover labor, then you would be better off having them do the work. Said differently, you would be hard-pressed to find a contractor who will replace that much siding for $5,000.
Have you considered using insulated vinyl siding? If all you are paying is the upgrade charge, it would pay for itself in a couple years by reducing your heating and A/C bills.

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how much energy does it save?
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Yeah, I've thought about upgrading it. Unfortunately, the warranty states that the siding must be replaced with the same product, if available. I called and asked if I could upgrade and pay the difference, but they said no.

I was also thinking maybe I could wait till after they tear it off and maybe put on some hard foam insulation myself, or maybe even talk with the contractor they hire to come replace it. Maybe work out a deal with them directly.
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You should be able to choose your installer and negotiate with them on what else you want...
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You should be able to choose your installer and negotiate with them on what else you want...
This is a warranty, not an insurance job. He has no control over who they send out to install the siding. Furthermore, Revere has no insulated option, nor does it offer any energy savings in comparison to an xps board of the appropriate thickness. The rigidity of it is nice though.... Meatball, I think you are on the right track. I would think that the installers would be interested in installing a foam board for you if you make it worth their while.
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Would the installation of the foam board cause any problems with the soffit or anything?
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It depends how it was installed. If the soffit is behind (above) the siding, then its no problem. If the siding was done first and the soffit butts against the face of it, then it could pose a little bit more of a challenge.
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Yeah, it appears to be above. Though if the siding kicks out an extra half an inch or more due to the foam it looks like a bit of the vent would get covered over.
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A fading warrenty is a great thing! Many contractors suggest using a lighter siding color so it doesn't attract so much sun and fade quicker.

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