Caulky Vinyl Siding??

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Old 04-20-05, 08:48 AM
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Caulky Vinyl Siding??

Hello guys,

I've installed both vinyl siding on my house and garage. It looks great IMHO. However, while in NYC visiting friends I noticed a number of homes (they live in Brooklyn) that have vinyl siding but the siding appears dull and chaulky. Why is this? Is it because (1) it's older/not as advanced vinyl as today's vinyl (2) all vinyl will end up like this and it's like that because it's old (3) pollution in NY's air has turned it this way; or (4) it's cheap vinyl siding?

Or is possibly something else that has caused this? I really hope my siding doesn't look like that. If it's inevitable because it's vinyl, how long do I have to enjoy the siding while it looks good? Also, is there anyway to avoid this from happening to my vinyl?

Thanks!

BTW: I live in Iowa surrounded by hundreds of acres of farmland and closest town of about 500 is 2 miles away and love the freshair and uncramped living style
 
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Old 04-20-05, 10:14 AM
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i have tan on mine and after 11yrs it looks like that but i think it is cheap vinyl.
 
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Old 04-20-05, 02:39 PM
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It's oxidation.

Imagine what your car would look like if you never ever washed it. Vinyl siding is basically the same. It gets a chaulky oxidation on it that can be washed off with a commercial siding wash, or just some ordinary laundry detergent and a hose.
 
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Originally Posted by XSleeper
It's oxidation.

Imagine what your car would look like if you never ever washed it. Vinyl siding is basically the same. It gets a chaulky oxidation on it that can be washed off with a commercial siding wash, or just some ordinary laundry detergent and a hose.
Interesting... so basically if this were to happen to our siding all we would need to do is wash and it should return to it's original beauty?
 
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Old 04-22-05, 07:43 AM
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Not necessarily. But keeping vinyl siding clean will go a long ways in preserving its original luster. All siding will eventually get some oxidation on it. Try cleaning a spot on your siding with your thumb- and just a little soft scrub, then polish it with a rag and you might see what I mean. It certainly will not look like new forever- nothing ever does. Almost all vinyl siding will fade somewhat in the sun. But keeping it clean will add to the longevity of the product.
 
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