The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Siding

All About Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding was introduced in the late 1950s as an alternative to aluminum siding. It quickly gained a negative reputation for cracking, fading, sagging, and buckling, and that notoriety has stuck around in the decades since. However, changes in vinyl siding’s chemistry and installation have resulted in improved performance and longevity.

Today, vinyl siding is more widely accepted among contractors, builders, and homeowners, especially as lumber prices rise. But is it right for you? We’ll go over a few of the pros and cons of vinyl. Contact us with questions!

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Vinyl Siding: Pros and Cons

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Mostly Maintenance Free…

Vinyl siding is generally considered to be maintenance free. However, it requires some occasional upkeep. It should be washed periodically to remove dirt, mold, mildew, and other debris. This can be done with a 30/70 mix of vinegar and water, and a soft bristle brush. A power washer is not recommended to clean siding – it could drive water behind the siding panels.

…But Will Need Some Maintenance

Vinyl siding can become damaged, but it can usually be fixed with little effort or expense. Some fading may occur, but proper care and maintenance can preserve color and longevity. In addition, some siding manufacturers offer solar defense technology for darker colors, which can prevent fading. We can help you find the best option for your home!

Lower Cost

This Old House estimates that wood siding (specifically, mid-grade cedar clapboard) costs about 2.5 times more than mid-grade vinyl. Of course, this can vary significantly based on the type of siding you choose and current circumstances affecting pricing. Vinyl tends to have lower installation costs, because it’s faster to install and doesn’t need to be painted.

Must Be Installed Correctly

If vinyl siding isn’t installed properly, it will cause some issues. If siding is nailed too tightly, it may buckle. If it’s nailed too loosely, it can gap and rattle in the wind. This is why it’s important to hire an experienced siding contractor to install siding on your home.

Wondering whether vinyl is the right siding choice for your home? Give The Chuba Company a call! We can help you determine the right option for your home’s exterior.


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