The overall appearance of your home’s exterior depends on a number of key choices, including roofing material and color, color scheme, windows and doors, and siding. When choosing siding for a new project or renovation, many homeowners opt for vinyl siding. In fact, reports show that more than 30% of new homes feature vinyl siding, with the number constantly increasing.
But where does the appeal lie? Your first thought when you picture vinyl may not be a positive one. However, this modern material stands superior to many options on the market and meets the needs of thousands of American homeowners.
In this blog, we list 10 of the fundamental advantages of vinyl siding.
1. Affordable and Cost-Effective
Compared to other popular siding choices, especially cedar shakes and other wood varieties, vinyl siding costs less initially. Cedar shakes can cost more than two-and-a-half times more to purchase and install than vinyl.
Because vinyl also incurs few other expenses (as we’ll discuss below), vinyl also represents a more costeffective option.
2. Durable Over Time
Vinyl siding can last as long as 50 years when installed correctly. The vinyl should withstand the test of time for this period even without high levels of maintenance, which accounts for the material’s use on many rental properties.
Remember, durability relies directly on installation quality. If you have some experience installing siding, you shouldn’t struggle. However, if you have limited experience, you may want to at least consult with a contractor before installing your new siding.
3. Highly Customizable
Manufacturers can craft sheets of vinyl of almost any size or shape, making it ideal for unique building exteriors.
Additionally, manufacturers produce vinyl in nearly any color and in many textures. Some vinyl types can even pass as wood.
4. Low Maintenance
When installed properly, vinyl siding requires virtually no maintenance aside from cleaning as needed. Even cleaning doesn’t represent a particularly large concern, however, since most vinyl doesn’t provide a surface for dirt and grime to stick to.
Siding primarily serves to separate your home from the elements, especially moisture. However, many forms of siding become vulnerable to moisture in humid climates or in areas with high levels of precipitation.
In studies, vinyl siding shows better rain-screening and draining than almost any other siding option. This characteristic reduces the chance of mold, mildew, and warping over time.
6. No Required Finish
While many types of siding require an initial coating of finish and many more over their lifetimes, vinyl does not need a coating. If you change your mind about the color you chose, you can paint over most kinds of siding. But, otherwise, you won’t ever need to refinish your home’s exterior.
7. Simple to Transport and Install
Vinyl weighs very little in comparison to other common exterior materials like brick. This lightweight quality makes vinyl siding easy to transport, even in noncommercial vehicles. The diminished weight also makes vinyl a wise choice for small construction teams and DIYers.
8. Strong Climate Control Aid
Most homes have insulation in the space between wall studs. However, this leaves the studs themselves open to heat transfer. With insulated vinyl siding, a common vinyl option, the contractor fully covers the studs in addition to the mid-space, decreasing unwanted heat loss and gain.
This resistance to heat transfer keeps your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer without increased use of your HVAC system.
9. Sustainably Manufactured
Modern vinyl consists of chemicals distilled from chlorine salts and the natural gas ethylene. These materials are naturally occurring and, for the most part, readily available for manufacturing purposes.
Additionally, the current version of vinyl used in construction is recyclable.
Many exterior materials have difficulty withstanding extreme weather conditions. However, vinyl represents one of the best performers in high amounts of precipitation (as discussed in section 5) and high winds.
Manufacturers test some specially designed types of vinyl against winds of up to 200 mph. But even average vinyl can have certification for winds up to 110 mph. This quality makes vinyl ideal for rural homes which would not see immediate repairs after a storm, as well as areas with extreme weather patterns.
If you think vinyl siding might represent just what your home needs, talk to a housing contractor or building materials suppliers. These professionals can help you decide whether or not to invest in insulated vinyl, choose a specific color, and correctly install the siding on your home.
As you decide between your siding options, consider the benefits offered by vinyl. You may find that this greener, more affordable siding solution provides exactly the qualities you’re looking for.
To learn more about your home’s exterior, from the siding to the roof, and how you can improve it during your next renovation, browse our blog section.