Vinyl siding: Beautiful, Durable and Low-Maintenance
Both homeowners and contractors agree, that choosing between vinyl and any other type of siding is one of the most challenging tasks in exterior renovation projects. Before vinyl siding was first introduced to the market in 1950’s, most houses were covered in aluminium, but vinyl was much cheaper and lower maintenance. Modern engineering has vastly improved its durability and insulation since then, and it continues to dominate the siding market to this day. In fact, studies show that in 2015 vinyl was installed on more than 27% of new single-family homes across the U.S. That’s about 200,000 new houses covered in vinyl siding in just one year. Fiber cement siding is durable and impervious to fire, and wood siding may provide more insulation and be more aesthetically pleasing, vinyl siding is unbeatable in its low cost and ease of installation and maintenance. This type of siding protects the structure from water, wind and sun and since the paint is baked throughout the materials, it doesn’t require painting and fades much less quickly than, for example fiber cement.
At VIS Exterior we know a lot about the advantages and disadvantages of vinyl siding and we have compiled a list of them to help you make an informed decision:
- Quick installation and low cost
- Variety of colors and styles
- Easy maintenance
- Doesn’t peel or rot
- Environmentally friendly
- Not watertight
- Can fade
- Bends, cracks and melts in weather extremes
Low cost and durability make vinyl an attractive choice, while close to unlimited style and color options allow homeowners to get creative and choose a look that makes the design statement that they want. Vinyl style options include beaded seam, smooth, board and batten as well as shingle, and colors range from the usual shades to semi transparent finishes that create exciting design possibilities. However, the variety of choices can leave you a little confused or overwhelmed. This is where we step in to save the day.
Being an experienced siding contractor, we are familiar with the siding selection on the market, and our knowledge has helped many families improve and increase the curb appeal of their homes. Our team can help you decide between the many brands and materials available and choose the option that best fits your property, aesthetic needs and budget.