Vinyl siding in Colorado: style and substance

Denver, the Mile High City, has a unique blend of architectural styles. The city's architecture is eclectic, with homes ranging from Foursquare (locally known as Denver Square), Victorian, Tudor, Arts and Crafts, Prairie, Georgian, Neoclassical, Modern and more. Many of these styles have been adapted to give them a Western flair. No matter what the style of your home, there is a vinyl siding product that can match that style and keep your home's exterior looking beautiful for years.

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Challenges for vinyl siding in Colorado

Because of its altitude and climate, Denver presents unique challenges to siding materials. The city has an average of 300 sunny days per year, and because of the thinner atmosphere, the sun's UV rays are stronger. Denver can experience temperatures that fluctuate into the double digits during a 24-hour period. Add snow, wind, thunderstorms and hail, and you'll understand why house cladding needs to be durable in Denver.

Fortunately, today's vinyl siding is a vast improvement over the first generation of this contemporary building material. With improved resistance to fading, temperature changes and impact, 21st century vinyl siding is a bargain. You'll also find a variety of choices in color, texture and styles, making it a perfect match for most types of architecture. Siding comes in numerous thicknesses, called gauges, with .046 to .055 gauge recommended for Denver's climate. For this grade of siding, you should budget $5 to $7 per linear foot, not including installation and trim. Insulated siding can help cut heating and cooling costs, but will add up to about $2 to $3 more per linear foot.

Finding Denver siding contractors

If you are considering installing vinyl siding on your Denver home, there are dozens of licensed Denver siding contractors. If possible, get a referral from someone you know and trust, who is satisfied with their vinyl siding installation. It is always a good idea to get at least three bids from contractors who represent different manufacturers. Perhaps one manufacturer's color palette or trim style or pricing will fit your style and budget better than another's. Be sure to check out the manufacturer's warranty. Many manufacturers of vinyl siding offer lifetime, transferable warranties. Also check out your contractor with the Contractor Licensing Board, and the Better Business Bureau. Make sure any siding contract you sign spells out fixed costs and payment schedule, start and end dates, change order policies and warranties.

Do your homework, persist until finished and the end result should be a home with an attractive, mostly maintenance-free exterior that you can be proud of for many years to come.

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