The exterior of your home was designed for visual appeal and for protection from environmental elements. Vinyl siding is one of the most popular types of exterior home materials. There are several types of siding, including wood, aluminum, and cement fiber, but vinyl tends to be a common favorite because it is affordable, attractive, durable, and easy to install.
Vinyl siding is made mostly of PVC or polyvinyl chloride. This synthetic material is fairly inexpensive and can be easily modified by color, flexibility, and durability. Naturally, some of the pricing is dependent on the thickness of the vinyl siding, the percentage of PVC in the siding, and the addition of ingredients to increase UV protection. In addition to the affordability of the vinyl for purchase, it is also pretty easy to maintain and repair, and this increases its cost-effectiveness.
There are many colors, textures, and designs in vinyl siding. Some homeowners have even found varieties that look like wood, mimicking 19th and early 20th century designs. The versatility of vinyl means that it can be used on just about any style of home, from cozy bungalows to larger colonial-style homes. Vinyl is often used in combination with brick, stone, and stucco siding.
High-quality vinyl siding may last more than 50 years without requiring much maintenance and upkeep. In this regard, vinyl has no competition. All other home exterior options (brick, wood, stucco, etc.) are affected by environmental factors such as wind, rain, and sun exposure. Most siding is composed of multiple layers, including a top layer with titanium dioxide additives that reduce the risk of discoloration and improve protection from UV rays.
Ease of Installation
The ease of installation offers several advantages to homeowners. Right off the bat, because it is easy to install the siding, homeowners pay less for it. The ease of installation also reduces the risk of mistakes made while the siding goes up. While this siding is one of the easiest materials to put on the home, it’s important to choose reliable professionals. Ask contractors about licensing, bonding, and insurance. They should have physical copies of this documentation.
There are many great reasons to consider vinyl siding for the exterior of your home. Which one of these is most important to you?