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Firefighters Recommend Vinyl Siding for Maryland Homes


Giving the home an extra moisture barrier, insulation, and even curb appeal, sidings are one of the must-have accessories for your house exterior. While many materials are able to do the job effectively and efficiently, some of them have disadvantages that could make you call up professional Maryland siding contractors in a jiff. One siding material that recently got a bad review is asphalt, which is often used in older homes, and WSAZ news writer Olivia Fecteau talks about the dangers of the said material:

According to Fecteau, what may look like brick on an apartment’s exterior walls are actually asphalt that are made of felt paper and a coat of tar. Although it is rarely used in newer homes, asphalt siding is commonly found in older residences. The danger here, according to Charleston Fire Department Assistant Chief Rich Simmons, is that asphalt is a highly flammable material.

In fact, firefighters refer to asphalt siding as “gasoline siding” because it can spread fire easily and nearly as fast as gasoline, presenting a real danger to households that have it. What Simmons suggest is to have siding contractors have a look at your house and determine if you have asphalt sidings so you could have them replaced with either brick or vinyl.

Vinyl siding, which is made of polyvinyl chloride resins, is a durable material that is considered as one of the most popular materials used for siding today. Along with its durability, it boasts several other advantages which includes recyclability and resistance to denting as well as damage from extreme weather conditions.

Another primary advantage is its color retention. Since vinyl is dyed the same color all the way through, it doesn’t fade or chalk as compared to aluminum and wood siding. Even when dented or scraped, vinyl retains its lovely color that you loved since day one.

However, among the many advantages of vinyl, perhaps one of its main selling points is its affordability. Buying and installing vinyl siding in Maryland is quick and easy because all you have to do is have a professional contractor like DryTech Roofing to have a look at your house and install the vinyl sidings you need. Indeed, installation is already easy enough, but what’s more is that vinyl siding is also low maintenance, making it a very good investment for your home.