Blasphemy! That’s what some call it. A modern miracle! That’s what others call it. There’s a wide range of opinions about vinyl siding—most of which have to do with philosophy rather than product superiority. Its fans will tell you that vinyl siding never needs painting. Its detractors will tell you that a house just isn’t the same once you strip it of a wood exterior and cover it with vinyl.
Regardless of who’s right or wrong in this argument, vinyl siding is being used on about a third of all new house construction, and It’s a very popular choice for exterior remodeling and construction projects for existing homes.
IT'S ALWAYS ABOUT MONEY
The big debate has to do with cost. Anything other than an ultra-premium vinyl siding product will cost a minimum of 2x less than, say, cedar or redwood clapboard siding. Even if you choose one of those specialty vinyl siding products, the installed cost will still be lower because it can be put up faster, and it’ll never need painting.
Wood siding can be painted. Cedar and redwood can also be impregnated with a durable stain. So, it’s fair to say that you can get these natural products in just about any color you like. However, you’ll discover over time that it’s necessary to repaint or stain again.
Vinyl siding comes in hundreds of colors, as well as textures and profiles. Frankly, if you wanted an exterior that looked like cedar or redwood clapboard siding, you could do it in vinyl. If you’re fond of the Victorian look, you’ll even find vinyl scallops.
Wood siding is durable if it’s maintained, so it’s just not fair to say that vinyl is a better choice based on that criteria. But let’s be honest. Will you maintain it? That’s often the main reason why homeowners choose to go with vinyl siding when for exterior remodeling and construction. Vinyl can withstand hail impact, and it’s an impervious surface so it resists moisture. Unlike wood, it won’t rot or corrode over time. Some vinyl siding products are rated for a 50-year lifespan.
Vinyl also is nearly maintenance-free. Start with the big headline—painting. Vinyl siding never needs this. Often, the only thing you’ll have to do with vinyl is a simple annual cleaning. This will return the siding to its original appearance and help it repel dirt.
WARM UP TO IT
Finally, some types of vinyl siding are insulated, which helps to prevent heat loss between the studs in your exterior walls. There’s insulation between the studs, but those ribs of wood can bleed heat when they come into contact with your exterior siding.
Consider that aspect when you talk to us about giving the exterior of your home a new look with siding installation. It’s possible that we can help you with your energy bill, too.