Vinyl siding made its debut in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Back then, aluminum siding was the standard. Fortunately, vinyl siding provided many benefits that make it superior to aluminum siding. If you are in the market for new siding for your home, consider the following benefits of vinyl siding.
First and foremost, vinyl siding costs less than other siding alternatives. Wooden siding can cost you up to $10,000, while the same home with vinyl siding will cost around $8,000. That's a significant savings that allows more funds for other improvement projects.
Another benefit of vinyl siding is that it is incredibly versatile. There are seemingly endless colors, profiles and textures that give you complete control over the look and feel of the outside of your home. Even if you prefer the look of a wood covered home, vinyl can be designed to imitate a wooden look. Additionally, you can find vinyl siding for both horizontal and vertical applications.
Perhaps more than anything, the durability of vinyl siding is what has helped it become the dominant type of siding today. It's designed to completely withstand the elements, such as heavy hail or strong winds. Vinyl also resists moisture, which means it won't corrode or rot away like other types of sidings. Many vinyl vendors also provide a warranty on vinyl siding that covers it for up to 50 years – that's how confident they are in vinyl siding.
Going along with its durability, vinyl siding is relatively maintenance free. You won't have to fix rotting or rusting spots, and it's even resistant to pests (like termites). Unlike other types of siding that fade over the time and require painting, vinyl will only require a washing once per year to remain its youthful looks. That's right – there's no unforeseen expenses with vinyl siding.
Not only is vinyl siding cheaper than most other options, but it will also save you money on your energy bill. Insulated vinyl siding will significantly reduce the heating or cooling loss of your home. You'll stay warmer during the winter, and cooler during the summer, without having to run up your energy bill. With most homes, insulation is placed in the wall. However, the studs themselves still touch the exterior and interior, providing a way for heat and cold to escape. With vinyl siding, it wraps the house in blanket that helps to expertly balance the internal temperature.