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Question DetailsAsked on 10/6/2011

Is crane board more durable and longer lasting than vinyl?

The house we are considering buying has vinyl on the back of the house. Though vinyl costs less, it looks cheap and dents, cracks, and tears up too easily. I heard crane board is a type of "upgrade" to vinyl that is just as inexpensive but more durable and longer lasting than vinyl. If it is better, we are going to ask the builder to replace the vinyl with crane board.

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As a siding contractor that sold Techwall the father of Oracle the father of CraneBoard I feel like an old hand writing about vinyl siding that is laminated to the insulation under it. We drove a full sized Buick on a piece of Techwall at the Crane Manufactoring's facility and it did not hurt it. But the panel had a problem delaminating or coming apart causing bubbles in the vinyl so Crane kept innovating tell we got CraneBoard. The insulation had an insect problem originally so Crane put Boraxo type insecticide in the mix. Nifty solution,

The panels are twice as high as normal siding 16" and 18" so there are fewer seams and they intermarry with each other for a pretty tight joint. Some siding companys have access to Cranes oversize (normal length 12') panels of 16' also creating less seams. Being wider and sometimes longer with a foam base creates a flater wall installation that is very desirable. Crane is more expensive than some competitors solid panel but I think their product is superior. It would be my only choice for a vinyl siding but personally I think the cementious siding like Hardy board are the wave of the future.


Answered 8 years ago by jccasper

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