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Vinyl Siding Stays Put During Severe Weather

The patented Millennium® SMARTWALL Technology in Wolverine Siding Systems keeps walls straight and true, season after season, according to CertainTeed Corporation, the manufacturer of the product, and gives builders, remodelers and home owners the assurance that siding will stay put — even in a hurricane.

CertainTeed Corporation is a member of the National Council of the Housing Industry — the Supplier 100 of NAHB.

SMARTWALL Technology features a hem that allows siding to “float” over minor imperfections in the wall and move laterally as temperatures rise and fall with the changing of the season, says CertainTeed. Ordinary siding may allow laps to open up or gap over time, it says, while laps stay tighter with SMARTWALL Technology because panels can move as walls move.

“When restricted siding expands and contracts it becomes wavy and will stay that way,” says the manufacturer. “This causes many problems for contractors. Not only are wavy walls unsightly, but they are also the cause of frequent service calls from unhappy home owners. This condition, known as ‘oilcanning,’ is eliminated through proper application of SMARTWALL Technology.”

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The patented nail-tight flexible hem is nailed securely to the wall. Each panel is suspended by 2,800 PermaFlex Suspension Cables, which are fusion-welded into a .088-inch double thickness of siding material.

SMARTWALL Technology can make a big difference in protecting homes from property damage during severe weather, says CertainTeed. Millennium brand vinyl siding has the only “won’t blow off” warranty in the industry, it says, and has been tested to withstand 270-mph winds.

Millennium-sided homes by Castle Home Builders in Hampstead, NC, survived Hurricane Bonnie in 1998, when winds of up to 104 mph damaged buildings and cut off power to nearly a half-million people.

Hurricane Floyd ripped through the same area in 1999 with 110-mph winds. Damage costs from Floyd alone were more than $1 billion. Builders and remodelers in hurricane-prone areas boast that they haven’t lost a single panel of Millennium during the relentless storms, according to CertainTeed.

This feature is solely for educational and informational purposes. Nothing on this page should be construed as policy, an endorsement, warranty or guaranty by the National Association of Home Builders of the featured product or the product manufacturer. The National Association of Home Builders expressly disclaims any responsibility for any damages arising from the use, application or reliance on any information contained on this page.

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