Whether you are building a new house or looking to replace what you currently have, choosing what siding to use is a big decision. If you look around a few of the neighborhoods in your local area, especially those with houses that have been built in the last 15 - 20 years they will likely feature vinyl siding. Known for its durability and aesthetically pleasing design vinyl siding is also inexpensive and easy to install.
What is Vinyl Siding?
Vinyl siding is largely composed of PVC, an inexpensive plastic composite that you might be familiar with because it’s used in plumbing applications as well. Because of it’s resistance to water and deterioration, PVC makes the perfect material to construct a tough exterior siding. When vinyl siding was first invented in the 1950s it was not widely used because it was prone to warping and cracking. It wasn’t until the 1970s when some key improvements were made to the product to make it the weatherproof, insect repellent and fade-resistant product we are familiar with today.
Vinyl Siding Styles
As Engineered Wood Siding is created to look and feel just like wood siding many of the styling options you would get with wood are available with Engineered Wood as well. Like most siding Engineered Wood is available in shingles or board styles. This gives you a wide variety of shapes and configurations.
Board and Batten or Vertical Siding – This type of siding run vertically up and down the sides of your home. It usually consists of small ridges that are created by wide boards with a smaller board or ‘batten’ used to seal the cracks in-between the two larger boards. This helps protect the home against harsh weather conditions by keeping it tight and discouraging harsh winds and moisture from seeping in.
Horizontal or Clapboard Siding – This is also called the ‘traditional lap’ siding as it has been around for centuries. This style of siding comes in popular styles such as Dutch Lap, Beaded and Flat. It also comes in textures that look like real wooden planks. Each of them has different textures, lengths, widths, and thicknesses.
Cedar Shakes - Have been around forever, Cedar is a rich, hardy wood with wonderful colors. It looks very similar to real wood without the high cost and high maintenance that is associated with real wood.
What Are The Benefits of Vinyl Siding
Easy Installation - Vinyl siding is an incredibly versatile material and can be installed on a wide variety of surfaces, including brick. The installation process begins by using nails to hang long rails from which the vinyl siding will be hung. From there the individual vinyl siding panels are hung from the rails. Because the rails allow the vinyl siding to contract and expand as the weather changes, it makes it a great option for areas that experience extreme weather shifts throughout the year.
Long Term Durability - Vinyl siding, if installed correctly will last for decades. The reason for such incredible durability comes back to the PVC material it is made out of. This product doesn’t rust, rot, conduct electricity, and holds up against a wide range of inclement weather. Depending on the company you purchase your siding from, they may give you manufacturers guarantee which would cover the siding for a number of years.
Low Cost - The amount of money you can save on vinyl siding comes from two places. The first is that vinyl siding is man-made, which already makes it considerably cheaper than a product that needs to be harvested or milled. The second is that installing vinyl siding is generally much faster than installing traditional siding, which saves you money on labor costs.
What Are The Drawbacks?
It’s Not Completely Indestructible - The durability of vinyl siding can’t be denied, but that doesn’t mean it is completely impervious. It can be melted by a grill that’s too close to the side of the house, grazed by a snowblower, or blown off by high winds. Though these scenarios are rare, all of them will result in panels having to be taken off and replaced.
It Looks Manufactured - For most homeowners, having a low maintenance home exterior is reason enough to have it installed, and in some subdivisions, it’s the only option. But it does look plastic, even though efforts are made by manufacturers to make panels look more like wood. If the aesthetics of your home are important, and you want to use something unique or more natural, then vinyl siding may not be a good option for you.
Picking the right type of siding for you can be one of the most important decisions to make when it comes to keeping your home safe. At Weather-Tite Exterior we are siding experts and can help you choose what type of siding is the right option for you and your home. Call us today for more information on Vinyl Siding or to request a quote.