What Do I Need to Know?


The 2 Biggest Problems & Frustrations Most Homeowners Have with Exterior Vinyl Products
and How Vinyl Patio Covers & Fence Overcomes Them All!

1. Getting Sold Cheap Vinyl Material

Not all vinyl is created equal. As in all things, you can always find cheap, low-quality imported products that only suit the needs of those who are not concerned about true value.

The biggest problem with these ‘cheap’ products is that they will turn yellow over a short period of time. The reason for this is due to the lack of UV Inhibitors and other necessary ingredients designed to withstand the damaging effects of the California sun.

At Vinyl Patio Covers & Fence , we only use high-grade vinyl from Duramax. It is the only vinyl in the market today that’s been engineered specifically for the Southwest.

Why is this important to you?

You probably didn’t know that there are two standard test climates representing the extremes encountered in the continental U.S.:

1. Hot and dry, average 300 days of sun per year.

2. Temperature extremes, from fairly hot and moist in summer to below zero and moist in winter.

The Southwest receives significantly more sunlight than any other region in the United States. UV rays from the sun is strongest and most consistent in the Southwest and is significantly more damaging than in any other region of the U.S. The main cause of yellowing in vinyl is UV rays. If vinyl is not designed specifically to withstand strong, consistent exposure to UV rays, it will yellow over time.

At Vinyl Patio Covers & Fence , we are the exclusive area dealer for Duramax, which boasts over 25% more UV Inhibitors versus the vinyl used by other companies. Our vinyl is comprised of 12 parts TiO2:

TiO2 Defined: Wikipedia

Titanium dioxide, also known as titanium(IV) oxide or titania, is the naturally occurring oxide of titanium, chemical formula TiO2. When used as a pigment, it is called titanium white, Pigment White 6, or CI 77891. It is noteworthy for its wide range of applications, from paint to sunscreen to food colouring.

APPLICATIONS
As a pigment of high refringence, titanium dioxide is the most widely used white pigment because of its brightness and very high refractive index (n=2.4), in which it is surpassed only by a few other materials…

This pigment is used extensively in plastics and other applications for its UV resistant properties where it acts as a UV reflector. …

In almost every sunscreen with a physical blocker, titanium dioxide is found both because of its refractive index and its resistance to discoloration under ultraviolet light. This advantage enhances its stability and ability to protect the skin from ultraviolet light. Sunscreens designed for infants or people with sensitive skin are often based on titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, as these mineral UV blockers are less likely to cause skin irritation than chemical UV absorber ingredients, such as avobenzone.

If the vinyl is made specifically for the Southwest, then it will have a large amount of TiO2, PLUS UV inhibitors to provide additional protection against yellowing.

Additionally, our vinyl is co-extruded to maximize strength and durability. As you will see from the diagram below, our vinyl is actually comprised of 2 “layers”. The top surface layer (capstock) is specially formulated with the best UV resistance properties to resist yellowing. And the inner layer (substrate) is built for high rigidity, which means that our vinyl is the strongest available and will not warp.

In case you are wondering, “Is co-extrusion really necessary? Why can’t there just be one layer?” One single layer can not have both the UV Protection needed against the intense Southwestern sun, along with maximum strength and rigidity. The chemical composition to achieve those 2 results are different.

Protect yourself from being sold low-quality vinyl that will yellow, warp, sag, or crack, over time. Make sure the contractor you chose provides you with adequate information on the manufacturing specifications of the vinyl that they are using.

Click here for a FREE Design Consultation and let us show you how you can get lifetime-guaranteed high-quality vinyl for almost the same price that you would pay for lower quality materials.

2. Sloppy and Poor Installation Procedures by Unqualified Installers

Home improvement contractors are the Number 1 Most-Complained About Industry in the United States, according to a recent study conducted by Consumer Federation of America.

Here are simple things you can do to ensure that you make the right choice for your home.

1. Make sure that your contractor is licensed with the state of California.

Important Excerpt:

Any contractor performing a job in which the total cost of the project, including labor and materials, is $500 or more, must be licensed by the Contractors State License Board. Licensed contractors are subject to laws designed to protect the consumer.

Unlicensed contractors are a danger to your financial affairs because they expose you to significant financial harm in the event of injury or property damage. Few unlicensed contractors have bonding or workers’ compensation insurance.

Although an unlicensed contractor may give you a low bid, the risks of possible financial and legal consequences you may face outweigh any benefits a lower bid may seem to offer.

Please note: A license number on a bid or contract does not necessarily mean the license is valid. Before you sign anything, call the Contractors State License Board at (800) 321-CSLB, or check our web site, www.cslb.ca.gov to make sure the contractor is properly licensed in the class for the work to be performed, and that the license is in good standing. You should also ask about any prior legal actions that may have been taken against the contractor. Legal action history information is available from the CSLB Northern or Southern Regional Legal Action Disclosure telephone numbers. The Northern number is (916) 255-4041. Southern Region can be reached at (562) 466-6021.

– Contractors State License Board

At Vinyl Patio Covers & Fence , we hold a valid license number 879408 issued by the Contractors State License Board.

2. Make sure that your contractor is a member of the Better Business Bureau.

Important Excerpt:

WHETHER OR NOT THE COMPANY IS A MEMBER OF THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU – The Bureau reports on all companies, member or not, that have been the subject of frequent inquiries or complaints. However, to become a Better Business Bureau member, a business must agree to conduct business in accordance with Better Business Bureau standards. For example it agrees to respond to any complaint a customer makes about it to the Bureau.

It also agrees to adhere to the Bureau’s advertising standards, which are based upon honesty in all advertising and selling claims.

Before a business is accepted for membership, it is screened to be sure it has met any licensing requirements, that information submitted to the Bureau is clear, that its complaint history is satisfactory, and that its advertising complies with Bureau standards.

A Roper survey shows that 83% of the public prefer to do business with a Better Business Bureau member.

Once you have all the information we can give, you will be better-equipped to make an informed buying decision.

– Better Business Bureau

You may also wish to check the contractor out with your local building dephttp://www.vinylfenceco.com/resources/artment, trade association or union, local consumer protection agency, consumer fraud unit in your city or district attorney’s office, and the Better Business Bureau. Call these organizations to see if they have information about the contractor you are considering. Ask how long the company has been in business, and find out if there are any complaints about the firm or other relevant file information.

Don’t be fooled or pressured by a smooth-talking salesperson. Take the time and effort to make sure that the person or business doing your home improvement is going to perform in a professional manner.

A WORD OF WARNING:
Anyone who talks you into being your own general contractor or “owner/ builder” may be doing you no favor. “Owner/builder” describes a situation in which the homeowner becomes the general contractor. As an owner/builder, you (not the person you hire) assume responsibility for the overall job, which may include such things as state and federal taxes, workers’ compensation, and other legal liabilities. Unless you are very experienced in construction, it is best to leave these matters to your licensed contractor.

– Contractors State License Board

The BBB has given Vinyl Patio Covers & Fence a rating of A+, which is the highest possible rating available. According to the BBB, Vinyl Patio Covers & Fence has “An exemplary rating. This means that nothing in our files causes us to have any doubt about the company’s reliability.”

3. Make sure that the contractor has Workers’ Compensation And Liability Insurance Coverage.

Important Excerpts:

Make Sure The Contractor Has Workers’ Compensation And Liability Insurance Coverage. Ask the contractor if the company is insured against claims covering workers compensation, property damage, and personal liability in case of accidents.

Ask to see a copy of the certificate of insurance, or ask for the name of the contractor’s insurance carrier and agency to verify that the contractor has the insurance.

In California, if a contractor has employees, workers’ compensation insurance coverage is required by law. This is important for you as a homeowner. If a worker is injured working on your property and the contractor does not have insurance, you are the one who will have to pick up the bill for medical attention and rehabilitation, if necessary. Don’t let your homeowner’s insurance policy become your contractor’s liability coverage.

– Contractors State License Board

For even more need-to-know information and must-have advice, make sure you request your FREE copy of the “15 Questions Other Vinyl Exterior Product Contractors Hope You Never Ask.” It contains important information that you need to know in order to avoid making costly mistakes. Regardless of which company you choose for your project, you’ll need to understand and use this information.