Older homes that were manufactured with less durable materials like wood or brick tend to deteriorate over time. As a result, homeowners look to improve the appearance of the outside of their homes with easy solutions, such as fresh coat of paint or new wooden shingles. However, these are only temporary fixes. A longer lasting option to consider is replacement vinyl siding.
Why Choose Vinyl Siding?
When a homeowner is considering replacing their current siding, vinyl can be an easy choice for a number of reasons. Vinyl is both affordable and low maintenance, requiring no more than periodic inspections and occasional rinsing off. It cost much less to upkeep as it does not require yearly repainting like other materials. Today’s vinyl siding is built to withstand years of inclement weather–it is impact-resistant and the color will not fade over time. In addition, the vinyl siding creates an envelope that will positively contribute to a home’s energy efficiency. Lastly, vinyl comes in a wide variety of attractive colors and styles that truly can transform the look of a home.
Low Maintenance and Durability
Many homeowners prefer to use vinyl siding because it does not require much maintenance nor does it frequently require a fresh coat of paint. In addition, vinyl is a strong product that easily withstands all types of extreme weather such as strong winds, rain, snow, and even blizzards. Because vinyl siding is so durable, you should expect a minimum of a 30 year warranty, with 50 years being even better. It is an economical choice that does not sacrifice quality for cost, in any way.
When a home’s regular siding is replaced with vinyl siding, an envelope is created around the home at the same time. The addition of a home envelope helps improve a home’s energy efficiency, impact resistance and color retention. In fact, some manufacturers have developed vinyl siding boards that are backed with foam insulation. The added insulation helps keep a home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter without the added energy costs associated with cooling and heating. Not only does the insulation make the siding more efficient, it also blocks more noise and is more impact-resistant.
Vinyl siding provides a vast number of options when it comes to design. The material is made in all types of styles, making it easy to find one that fits a unique home design. From smooth finish and wood grain textured to horizontal and vertical panels, vinyl is suitable for all types of structures.
Choosing a different color for your home can give it a completely new look and enhance its curb appeal. Vibrant colors are emerging as a new trend in home exterior coloring. Now, homes are covered in bright colors like bright blues, reds, yellows and greens. For those interested in updating their home’s appearance with a bright color or those looking to stick with a more neutral tone, replacement vinyl siding is a perfect choice as it is readily available in a wide range of colors.
Contact a Professional
Since it was introduced in the 1960s, vinyl siding has quickly become the top siding choice in the United States due to its affordability, versatility and low maintenance. If you are in the market to replace your home’s siding, it is great to get recommendations from friends and neighbors, especially if you are interested in their homes’ style of replacement siding. In addition, schedule an appointment with an experienced contractor, who will go through the replacement job process and explain what is to be expected during the project. The company should provide a full detailed estimate, and include a warranty on both the materials and installation of the siding job.
About the author
This article was written by Heather Rich, a blogger for Thompson Creek Window Company. Heather is passionate about DIY projects and improving her home from the inside out. With 23 years of experience in real estate, homebuilding, and residential and commercial contractors, her useful posts cover a wide set of topics related to seasonal home improvement. From making your home more energy efficient to choosing the perfect replacement siding, you will find it all on the Thompson Creek Blog.