If you’re looking for an easy-care siding solution for your home, look no further than vinyl siding. Vinyl siding was first introduced in the late 1950s as a replacement to aluminum siding. Since then, siding has undergone numerous improvements, and today it’s the most popular option for siding in the United States.
Siding is an important investment for your home and serves two purposes: cosmetic and protective. First of all, siding determines the curb appeal of your home. Secondly, it protects your home from the weather and can help make your home more energy efficient.
If you’ve decided to go with vinyl siding, realize you have several design options. Besides the traditional clapboard vinyl siding, you can choose from a few other styles to fit in with the architecture of your home.
Vinyl Siding Styles
Wood, cedar or log vinyl siding. This type of siding simulates natural wood, but it’s less expensive and much less labor intensive.
Vinyl shakes. This vinyl siding mimics split wood shingles, most often cedar.
Vinyl shingles. This siding is made from overlapping vinyl shapes. Popular shapes include half-rounds or rectangles.
Board and batten vinyl siding. This siding alternates wide boards with narrow strips.
Brick vinyl siding. This vinyl looks like real brick and is typically mounted in big panels of siding.
Insulated vinyl siding. This is a high-end vinyl siding that is advertised to save you money on your energy bill each month. It uses an insulating material, such as foam, to improve the R-Value of your home.
Beaded vinyl siding. This siding gives your home a traditional look because of the beaded or protruding seam that emphasizes the board’s lines.
Benefits of Vinyl Siding
- Vinyl Siding is durable and lasts for years. One of the advantages of vinyl over the traditional aluminum siding is that vinyl doesn’t dent like aluminum siding does. And unlike old paint, it also should not crack or peel.
- Vinyl siding should not fade. The color process goes all the way through the material, so the color maintains its just-painted look.
- Vinyl siding is resistant to insect damage.
- Vinyl siding is easy-care. You’ll be able to do away with the time-consuming, irritating chores of scraping, priming and painting. It also easily cleans up with a bit of cleaner and your garden hose.
- Vinyl siding comes with a warranty. The length of the warranty depends upon the grade of vinyl siding you purchase. Low-end grade vinyl siding may carry a10-year warranty, while high-end siding carries a 50-year warranty—and many options exist between those two extremes.
- Vinyl siding is often an inexpensive option. Of course, expensive vinyl siding exists, too, but you’ll be able to find several options that will sit well with your budget.
If you’re looking to relieve some of your home maintenance chores, protect your home investment and do all this economically, vinyl siding could be one of your best home improvement decisions yet.