In the late 1950s and early 60s, vinyl siding made its debut on American homes, in an era when aluminum siding reigned supreme. Today’s high-tech plastic and vinyl materials combined with modern manufacturing techniques have turned vinyl siding into an exceptionally versatile and high-performing choice for cladding.
Vinyl is by far the most popular siding choice for US homes. Its low cost, easy maintenance, and long lifetime have proved winning factors for most homeowners looking to make the most practical choice possible for cladding their home. Vinyl is a durable, plastic-based material and continues to be chosen and maintained year after year by US homeowners. There are many positives for using vinyl siding on your home.
The Overall Costs for Vinyl Siding Are Less
In general, vinyl siding is a popular choice for many homeowners because it’s quite cost-effective. Average vinyl siding is usually around 2.5 times cheaper than cedar and, as a man-made manufactured material with reliable dimensions, its installation is quick, easy, and cheap. Many vinyl siding options feature wood-grained textures designed to look like wood without the additional upfront or maintenance down the line. From a distance especially, these can fool the eye while keeping extra money in your pocket.
Not only is the cost to install vinyl siding much less than other types of house siding, but the ongoing maintenance costs are also much less. Since it resists pests such as termites and blights such as rot, it will keep its original qualities for many years. Also, you’ll never need to paint your home — a simple cleaning once a year or so is more than adequate to maintain its original good looks.
Vinyl Siding’s Versatility And Durability
Today’s vinyl siding comes in hundreds of colors, textures, and profiles to give you complete versatility in designing your dream exterior. You will find vinyl siding that mimics cedar shakes, looks like Victorian scallops and more. You can find a vinyl siding style that works with both horizontal and vertical applications for any home profile.
Vinyl is expected to last a minimum of 10-15 years and usually lasts much longer than that. It is made of a PVC plastic resin that makes it immune to water damage, resistant to denting, and untargeted by pests like termites. Vinyl siding is made to withstand the elements, including heavy wind and impact from hail. In addition, vinyl resists excessive moisture, meaning it won’t rot or corrode over time.