Vinyl siding has been around for about 50 years now. Like any new technology, it had to go through some growing pains over the years, but that growth has only produced a superior product. Here are five reasons to consider vinyl siding for your home.
It's A Cost-Effective Alternative To Wood
For an 1,800 square foot home exterior, professionally installed vinyl siding in many areas would run approximately $3,600 to $12,600, depending on the style, insulation, quality, and contractor's fees. In contrast, the same sized home clad in wood siding and professionally installed would cost anywhere from $6,500 to $25,000, depending on what kind of wood siding you went with. Cedar or redwood is far more costly than yellow pine or spruce, but all of them are more expensive than vinyl.
The Options Are Virtually Endless
Vinyl siding comes in every color of the rainbow, and there are dozens of assorted styles and textures available. You can get scalloped siding for your Victoria-style home. If you're building a home in a rustic setting, you can consider vinyl cedar shakes. For a lake house, consider board and batten vertical siding. The vast array and versatility of vinyl siding options will complement any home.
Vinyl Siding Requires Little Maintenance
Wood siding needs to be regularly scraped, sanded, and re-painted. The sun's UV rays cause the paint to fade, blister, and peel. If the wood is left raw, it becomes extra susceptible to the wood rot and insect infestation it is already prone to. Vinyl siding requires an annual visual inspection to make sure nothing has worked its way loose and maybe a good power washing cleaning. That's it. There's no painting, sealing, or replacing boards that have become rotted or home to termites.
Vinyl Siding Is Made To Last
The elements, like the wind, sun, rain, snow, and hail, can't do much damage to vinyl siding. While the power of Mother Nature can never be fully conquered, most vinyl siding manufactures having enough faith and confidence in their products they are willing to offer 50-year or even lifetime guarantees.
Vinyl Siding Can Help Reduce Your Heating And Cooling Costs
There are different insulation values you can get on vinyl siding. Depending on where you live and your needs, insulated vinyl siding can help for an additional barrier from the elements. Many vinyl siding products will also enable you to qualify for a credit come tax time, further reducing the cost of installation.