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5 Advantages of Vinyl Siding

In the late 1950s and early 60s, vinyl siding made its debut on American homes, in an era when aluminum siding reigned supreme. The earliest vinyl gained a bad reputation; the inferior materials of the day had a tendency to crack and sag. But 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. In fact, it’s now chosen for over 32 percent of all new home construction, a trend that is only increasing over time.

If you are considering siding for your home, here are five major advantages of vinyl siding.

1. Overall Costs Are Less

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In general, vinyl siding is a popular choice for many homeowners because it’s quite cost effective. According to CostHelper, professionally installed vinyl siding can cost you between $2,500-$8,750 for 1,250 square feet, while professionally installed wood siding can cost you $6,500-$10,000 for the same square footage. If you’re interested in installing vinyl siding your self, it can significantly cut your costs to $1,000-$1,250 for every 1,250 square feet.

2. It’s Incredibly Versatile

Today’s vinyl siding comes in hundreds of colors, textures, and profiles to give you complete versatility in designing your dream exterior. Like the look of cedar shakes but prefer the qualities of vinyl? You can find a vinyl replacement that looks so authentic, it fools even the most discriminating eyes. Love Victorian scallops? There are plenty of inexpensive vinyl options for that, too. You can find a vinyl siding style that works with both horizontal and vertical applications for any home profile.

3. More Durable Than Other Siding

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. In many cases, you can get a lifetime warranty on your vinyl siding that is often prorated for up to 50 years on successive owners.

4. It’s Virtually Maintenance Free

When it comes to siding, vinyl is about as low maintenance as it gets. Since it resists pests such as termites and blights such as rot, it will keep its original qualities for many years, giving you your money’s worth. 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. Once your vinyl siding is installed, you won’t have to tax your budget with unexpected costs to keep it looking great.

5. Cuts Home Heating and Cooling Costs

Insulated vinyl siding prevents heat loss between the wall studs in exterior walls, a phenomenon known as “thermal bridging.” While most homes have insulation between the wall studs, the studs themselves bleed heat where they come in contact with exterior siding. Insulated vinyl siding places a blanket of protection over the studs, keeping your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. In addition, insulated vinyl siding may make you eligible for energy tax credits, making it even more economical to install.

If you’re considering your siding options for your new home or remodel, don’t overlook the many advantages of choosing modern vinyl siding.

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(11) Comments

  1. It is good to know that vinyl siding is durable. I am happy to learn that it is made to withstand the elements of wind and hail. I have heard that it is a good idea to allow professionals to help you in installing the siding to ensure that the right tools are used.

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  3. Hi I am building a home in payson Arizona and I am getting people telling me that it’s not a good thing to put vinyl siding on the house do to dry climate and the bugs that will nest under the siding. I was thinking of using the vinyl with insulation on it would this help the situation. We’re the house is going to be built it is alway windy as it is on a mountain and we get some snow and heavy rains. Please help, thanks Gary

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Gary,

      Thank you for getting in touch! Vinyl siding will be more susceptible to the high heat and high winds in your area rather than the bugs. It will resist bugs as long as you have the structure beneath wrapped and protected properly. In your case we would suggest going with a fiber cement or a finished or sealed cedar siding. You can also look and ask around your area to see what is most commonly used. That is the best way to check on what will work best in your area as well as what will be durable enough for the climate. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  4. I appreciate this article about vinyl siding. I love that it is ultimately cheaper but more durable than other materials. If we ever build a home, this will heavily be considered as an option. Another good thing to know would be how the installation process works.

  5. I love the look of vinyl siding. I like how you mention that it cuts the cooling and heating cost of the home. I love saving money and the overall benefits of getting this type of siding. I will definitely contact my contractor and see if we can add this to the house. Thanks for the information!

  6. It’s so easy to see why vinyl siding is a popular choice. I will be replacing my wood siding with vinyl siding soon and I am very excited about the energy savings I’ll be getting. Thanks for sharing!

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Wendy,

      No problem at all, we’re glad we could offer some insight! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!

  7. I thought that your post was very helpful! My wife and I are going to be building a home, and the builders recently asked us if we would like to have vinyl siding installed. I was hesitant at first, but after reading your article, I think that having vinyl siding is the best thing we could put on our home! In your post you mentioned several advantages of vinyl siding, like how it’s incredibly durable and very low maintenance. This is great news for us, since we both work full time jobs and would have very little time to do repairs. Thank you for the information!

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Kael,

      Thank you for your feedback, we’re glad our article was helpful! If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Good luck with your project!

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