You’ve probably seen advertisements about vinyl siding on television or perhaps heard them on the radio. If you’re considering home improvement, then you should know both the advantages and the disadvantages of installing siding. Vinyl siding is famous for being durable, low maintenance and affordable. But should you get it? And if so, why should you get it? Here are a few reasons why you should install vinyl siding on your home.
Low Maintenance – Vinyl siding is extremely low maintenance. Possibly the biggest advantage of vinyl over wood is that you will never have to paint it and never have to stain it to be water proof which means you can save hundreds of dollars in paint and waterproofing agents. However, you will have to wash it once per year in order to protect the vinyl from the build-up of dirt and to keep it clean. Vinyl can easily be cleaned with a simple brush and soapy water.
Energy Saving – When installed properly on homes that have insulation, vinyl siding can help to trap hot and cold air inside of your home in order to save on your energy bills. While the results are not as extreme as installing energy star windows you will still see savings on your heating and cooling. Anyone who pays energy bills will know that any reduction is a good reduction!
Long Lasting – Vinyl siding is long-lasting and can cover the sides of your home for as long as 10-15 years or up to two generations! That is a great deal longer than wood, which must be frequently replaced due to rotting and cracking. Best of all, when something happens to a sheet of vinyl, all you have to do is replace the one sheet rather than the entire surface. Vinyl is most suitable in areas without heavy winds due to the fact that wind can peel up entire sheets of vinyl by getting under the thin outer edge. Peeled up vinyl must be replaced, which means that it will have to be replaced. If you live in areas without extreme winds, you will not have this problem.
Aesthetic Appeal – Vinyl siding represents an effortless beauty because it is a solid color, comes in many different shades and gives the home a uniform, dignified appearance. You can also use vinyl to cover up problem spots on your home that another type of siding might not have covered. Vinyl is great because it is aesthetic without being overly expensive.
Whenever you install vinyl siding on your home, make sure that it is being done by a certified construction company with experience in installing vinyl. It is important to have the siding installed professionally because it ensures that your siding is sealed properly and installed correctly. Proper installation means that your siding will last longer and will properly insulate and protect your home from the weather and the damp.