Vinyl Sidings – Exterior Wall Cladding Solution From Saint-Gobain

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The penchant for luxury living is in full demand. From residential to commercial spaces, architects, builders and home owners leave no stone unturned for their projects to obtain the best technical advantages with beautiful/flamboyant looks uncompromised.

The exteriors, which are responsible for setting the first impression of the project, have become the focal point of a building design. The facades, right from the Georgian times, have witnessed several changes. Hence the market for facades continues to grow with more innovative products making their foray into the market.

In spite of this upsurge, the growth of many options for facades has been severely challenged by factors such as requirement of skilled labor, materials' susceptibility to easy damage, lengthy and complex installation procedures, products' non-ecofriendly characteristic etc.

However, according to Saint-Gobain the product that truly stands out against all these odds is 'Vinyl Sidings'.

Vinyl sidings are primarily blended polyvinyl chloride (PVC) extrusions (In the form of sheets), which are modified during manufacturing with stabilizers, pigments and acrylic agents and finally extruded to give the finished product important attributes like UV resistance, color stability and durability.

First introduced in the 1960s in the US, Vinyl sidings have gained rapid popularity over the last four decades. Specifically across the United States and Canada it is rated as the No 1 choice for exteriors – twice more than other cladding options! (Source - U.S. Census Bureau statistics). Vinyl and other polymeric sidings are available in a broad palette of colors, profiles and architectural trim to assist architects, builders and homeowners in customizing their new construction and renovation designs, and can complement historic restoration projects.

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Vinyl sidings have various attributes which give them an upper hand over other options for façade. The most important of them are:-

Product Features:

  • A huge array of colors to choose from – gives the widest option for different building requirements
  • Full range of accessories available also in matching colors
  • Versatile – can be integrated with other cladding options
  • Zero maintenance
  • Green – Adds value to the project and environment.

Technical Advantages:

  • Color permanent – does not require re-painting
  • Dent resistant & flake proof
  • Water and weather resistant
  • Scratches are not visible
  • UV resistant and Class A fire rated (ASTM).

Application Advantages:

  • Light weight – easy to handle and ideal for light construction
  • Made to fit accessory range
  • Patented fixing and interlocking systems – ensures accurate and secure installation
  • Minimum wastage and aids fast application – overall savings in the project
  • Fitting accessory not visible, giving the product elegant looks.

The Green Advantage!

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One of the reasons that Vinyl sidings has become the most popular choice for external cladding in the USA and Canada is that it delivers recognized environmental benefits to help make and keep homes green. Throughout the processes of manufacturing, transportation, installation, service life and waste management, vinyl siding scores well on tough environmental measures.

What's more, vinyl siding has the potential to contribute to achieving more points than other exterior cladding in the leading green building certification programs including the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED® for New Construction and LEED® Homes Rating Systems and the ANSI approved ICC 700 National Green Building Standard™. Additionally, research shows how insulated vinyl siding contributes to savings in energy consumption, energy costs, and CO2 emissions.

Vinyl sidings in India

Saint-Gobain, world-leader in the building products industry, introduced its CertainTeed brand of Vinyl sidings into the Indian market in 2011-12. Although, a lot of trial projects were completed prior to that being launched to mainly cater to the residential building sector, the product has seen a unique niche in the commercial segment as an alternative to ACP, marble and granite cladding etc.

As the product has a great potential in the refurbishment segment, sidings play a vital role in enhancing the aesthetics of an old building and also offering the best of technical advantages in terms of durability and maintenance. In India, where there is a brilliant and innovative architectural and building community with diverse and tailor made requirements, Vinyl sidings can be the best answer to a host of cladding requirements and can be explored for newer avenues in the construction segment.

Projects executed in India in the past three years include host of the prestigious buildings including corporate buildings, international schools, resorts, educational institutions, and government buildings and several residences across India.

Vinyl sidings are thus the perfect product for architects, builders and home owners looking for beauty, durability, low maintenance, value for money and lately green performace. Not surprisingly, Vinyl sidings have received vast acceptance and appreciation, and are slated to become the most preferred option for façades in the coming years.
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