What Are the Advantages of Vinyl Siding?
Siding | When it comes to installing siding on your house, sometimes it’s difficult to determine whether or not you want to keep the working materials as real wood or if switching materials to vinyl would be a way to help the house with its longevity. Vinyl is appealing to contractors because it installs quickly, is cheaper and doesn’t require paint, however vinyl isn’t watertight, the material can fluctuate with temperature changes and vinyl trim has to be pre-made so there are sometimes limitations when they’re installed or to how they’re applied. In fact, for both homeowners and contractors alike, deciding between vinyl and other building materials is one of the biggest battles and has been since vinyl siding was introduced in the 1950s.
When it was first introduced, vinyl siding wasn’t as durable and was easily damaged but as time has continued both the production and installation of the material has improved. Vinyl is growing in popularity in the United States and it’s because there are some advantages to using it. It’s important to discuss the advantages of vinyl siding with your contractor to determine what type of siding will be best for your home and its needs and if the advantages of vinyl siding are advantages you’ll actually benefit from.
What are the advantages of vinyl siding?
Vinyl is an exterior siding for houses and building that is made from plastic. It’s often used in place of other materials such as aluminum, fiber cement or wood. Although wood is more traditional and fiber cement is durable, Vinyl siding does have its own advantages for homes. Along with its different looks and durability, it also is safe to use, easy to install and maintain, sustainable for the environment, and best of all, it’s affordable.
Vinyl is a safe material for you to use for your home. It complies with the National Fire Protection Association’s stringent requirements to insulate electrical and data transmission cables. If you use a siding that isn’t safe with certain cables it could cause a fire, so it’s important to check that your siding is approved by the NFPA.
You can get the look you want for your home.
A lot of times when it comes time to re-side a home, one of the most important things a homeowner thinks about is how the siding will look on the house. This doesn’t just mean the color or shape, but also the texture and even the trim. With vinyl, there is a huge selection of colors for a homeowner to pick from and match their house with. There’s also a diverse selection of architectural accents and textures. Vinyl is made to look like wood, stone and slate which makes using vinyl siding possible for people who are interested in keeping a more traditional look for their home.
There are also designs for vinyl to help the home keep its authenticity. If the home is a Victorian style house, it doesn’t make sense to use modern fixtures. Vinyl is available to fit any home style so that homeowners can keep their curb appeal but still get the other added benefits of vinyl siding.
Vinyl is easy to install and maintain.
Whether you’re hiring a contractor or doing it yourself, vinyl siding is easy to install and maintain which makes it a good investment for yourself and for the contracted company installing the siding for you. It’s lightweight and can be installed over existing materials, which can help to save you labor costs from completely ripping off old siding and can allow you to revert back to the old siding if for any reason you decide you don’t like the vinyl.
After installation comes maintenance, and the advantage to using vinyl is that is doesn’t need to be painted, which makes maintenance minimal. Typically vinyl doesn’t have issues with rotting or cracking and it’s easy to wash with soap and water just a few times a year, if not once a year. Washing the siding of a house can be a big job and some materials require special cleaners, so vinyl siding can save you both time and money with its easy upkeep.
Do you ever buy something for a what you think is a great price only to realize that there was a reason it was so cheap? With vinyl, it may be affordable but durability isn’t a problem. It can withstand heat, cold, wind and rain. Having a vinyl siding that will keep it’s beautiful appearance and continue to perform is important. Often times, products will also have a lifetime warranty so if for some reason your vinyl does have damage, it will be taken care of.
Help the environment.
With an election year coming up, political candidates have been bringing up topics that Americans usually want to talk about but sometimes forget. Going green is one of those topics and with vinyl siding, its sustainability is a big advantage. As a whole, vinyl tends to be environmentally friendlier because it outperforms other siding options meaning it won’t have to be thrown away. It also is a great way to insulate a house, which can make a home more energy efficient. Energy efficient homes are better for the environment because they reduce the use of heat, electricity and gas. Plus it can help lower your utility costs.
It isn’t overpriced.
When it comes to home improvements, they can get costly and sometimes there isn’t a huge return on investment. One of the best benefits of vinyl is that it is low-cost to install and has the lowest cost during its life cycle. That means it is cheaper to clean and repair vinyl than it is to do the same for other materials. It also has a good return on investment when it comes time to sell the house.
There are many different materials a homeowner has to choose from when it comes time to reside a home. Be sure to discuss the options available to you with your contractor. The company will be able to talk through the advantages and disadvantages of certain materials as well as show you what you can afford at your price point. It’s important to consult a professional even if you plan to DIY so you can get the best bang for your buck. – Heart House
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