Best vinyl siding: CertainTeed earns top honors

Best vinyl siding: CertainTeed earns top honors

There are many high-quality types of vinyl siding available to homeowners, but one brand in particular holds the distinction of being preferred by professional builders for 16 consecutive years.

CertainTeed vinyl siding was named as the overall brand leader in Builder magazine's Brand Use Study. More than 10,000 professional builders routinely take part in the annual survey conducted by Readex Research. CertainTeed's CedarBoards insulated cladding also earned top marks in the study for its exceptional performance.

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In Builder magazine's 2011 Brand Use Study, CertainTeed vinyl siding received 66 percent of votes as the most widely recognized brand of vinyl cladding. It's also the most preferred brand of cladding according to 263 professional builders who responded to the poll's questions about the wall covering market.

CertainTeed received 18 percent of votes by builders among their favorite types of vinyl siding to install in the field. Among other siding manufacturers, Georgia-Pacific and Norandex were the second-most installed brands at 6 percent each, followed by Owens Corning and Reynolds, both at 5 percent.

The numbers change greatly by region, however. CertainTeed is preferred by nearly 30 percent of builders in the Northeast, and by 27 percent of builders in the Midwest. The company's CedarBoards insulated cladding line also is the most preferred brand used in the field, followed by Alcoa's Structure.

Brand Use Study simplified

The results of the Brand Use Study are important because they demonstrate the brands that contractors use most when given a choice. It's important to note that licensed, bonded and insured* contractors, such as those found through this site, are usually responsible for servicing the warranties on their new siding installations. Therefore, these pre-screened and certified contractors are going to choose and install the brands that they feel most confident with and that have had the fewest problems over time.

CertainTeed is a cladding line favored by many builders, but other cladding manufacturers score high marks in overall quality as well. On a scale from 1 to 7, with 7 being the best marks available, Reynolds, CertainTeed, Georgia-Pacific, Owens Corning and Norandex all scored between 5.46 and 5.71 in the poll. Just because CertainTeed is a brand leader in preference doesn't necessarily mean it outperforms all other cladding lines. Each type of wall covering has a long limited-life warranty and can be purchased and installed with confidence.

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