FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

Besides giving your house a clean new look, vinyl siding can dramatically reduce maintenance costs and time on the exterior of your home. Other benefits of siding are durability and increased insulation. Siding can be beautiful and is customizable in color and type to match any home. The biggest benefit of siding will always be low maintenance.
Siding is surprisingly durable in the harsh Utah sun and extreme mountain weather. While all substances will fade, siding fade is minimal, happens very slowly and any abnormal fading is covered by the lifetime transferable warranty. The Hunter’s Scale is the measure of fade used for siding. The Hunter E unit specifically measures color difference. As a reference, a Delta E of 1 Hunter unit is a barely noticeable color difference. A good warranty will guarantee products will not fade in excess of a Delta E of 4 Hunter units. Which in layman terms, means you are guaranteed color stability in the long term, even if living in an environment like Utah and Idaho.
For moderate dirt, hosing off the vinyl siding with water and a soft brush once a year is adequate to keep it in top condition. For more information, the Vinyl Siding Institute (www.vinylsiding.org) has helpful maintenance tips.
This pertains to the thickness of the siding panel. As a rule of thumb, a higher gauge is better as it provides more protection from the environment and more insulation from extreme Utah and Idaho weather. Thicker panels also are sturdier and hang flatter against the house walls. A premium gauge would be about .044 thick with a 3/4” butt.
Efficiency and insulation are always given in terms of an R-Value. These values quantify the rate of heat loss allowing the consumer to understand the insulation value of the product. As a standard rule of thumb, you want the highest R-value is high, there is less heat loss. These standards are set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
VSI (Vinyl Siding Institute, www.vinylsiding.org) is an independent third party tester of vinyl siding. The institute will show up unannounced at the siding manufacturer plant and look at siding characteristics (width, length, thickness) and perform various tests (wind, rain, etc) on the products to insure quality.
Vinyl siding installation is much less intrusive than customers believe. The installation can be scheduled in about one to two weeks and the install usually takes three to six days. There is absolutely no customer preparation work involved. Reliable Siding and Window Contractors will take care of everything from the initial estimate to the siding installation.
Installing siding is not a simple “do it yourself job” and is better left to siding installation professionals who have the necessary skills and equipment to do the job right the first time.
Your first resource for a recommendation should be family, friends and neighbors who have had similar work done for them. A local siding distributor can also help you locate reputable siding contractors. Then, after a first meeting, it’s a good idea to ask the contractor for other references you can contact.
Quest and Heartech vinyl siding are warranted for the lifetime of the original owner against manufacturing defects. Upon transfer of the property, the siding is warranted from the date of installation for fifty years. Check the warranty section of this web site for complete details and limitations.
NO! Our siding is virtually maintenance free. The most you ever have to do is give your home a washing with soap and water once or twice a year.
Alcoa offers the widest variety of trim pieces in the industry. Everything from function utility trims to substantial wide trims resembling dimensional lumber, fluted corner posts and decorative crown molding for window headers. Most items are available in all Alcoa colors.
Alcoa siding is generally available in 12’ to 12-6” lengths, so it needs to be overlapped at the ends to cover an entire wall. Alcoa sidings are designed to provide a virtually seamless appearance and a good siding installer will lap your siding away from traffic to further minimize the laps.
Because we offer sidings at a number of price points to fit any need and any budget, and because every home and siding job is unique, there is no way to answer this question. The best thing to do is invite a siding contractor to your home so he can measure it accurately and discuss other needs you may have.
A typical home usually takes 1 ½ to 2 weeks for the siding work to be completed. Plan for another 2 to 4 days for the painting of your home pending clear weather.
Other than the space required for new materials and other minor equipment, you should expect very little disturbance to your life. The actual application of new siding will result in some noise such as the occasional banging of hammers or nail guns. Work needing to be performed on weekends or at odd times beyond the normal work day will be scheduled in advance and approved by you.
Yes. We take every precaution possible to protect your landscaping from our ladders and footsteps. However, some minor damage can occur, especially during the time of year when plants are in full bloom. If this is a concern for you, please let us know. You may also wish to schedule your replacement before the growing season has begun.
In most cases, we can hide wires that have been attached to your siding since the home’s original construction. Some existing phone and TV wires originate from ground boxes that cannot be changed.
For most homes, the single board behind where the deck is attached will be left in place and special piece of flashing or wood trim attached above it to deflect rainfall.
Your estimate will include all disposal and haul-out of old materials. We work hard to keep your property looking tidy.