When some people hear “vinyl siding,” they have visions of cheap, plastic-looking material that arrived on the housing market in the 50s and 60s. That early siding had a tendency to sag and crack over time, defeating the purpose of this low-maintenance option. But today’s modern manufacturing techniques have created high-tech vinyl and plastics that are a durable, beautiful option for your siding needs.
Benefits of vinyl siding
Replacing your homes wooden siding with vinyl can offer many benefits including:
One great reason to choose vinyl siding is the durability of the material. Vinyl doesn’t rot and isn’t susceptible to insect damage like wood products. Most vinyl products are designed to need minimal maintenance to keep them looking beautiful for the life of your home. Indeed, many manufacturers include warranties ranging from 25 years to a lifetime.
- Easy cleaning
Over time any siding material will soil when exposed to the elements. The beauty of vinyl siding is it is easily cleaned with simple methods and common household cleaners. Plain water and scrubbing with a soft-bristle brush can take off layers of dust and grime, but occasionally you may need to use a cleanser. Soot or heavy grime can be cleaned with powdered detergents. If you have mold or mildew, you can add some laundry bleach to the solution. Other cleaners may be needed for specific stains like paint, tar, grease or rust. Each product’s manufacturer should have detailed cleaning instructions available on their website.
- Lower cost
Vinyl siding can be significantly cheaper than traditional wood or composite materials. According to the Vinyl Siding Institute, the cost of installed vinyl siding is less than all other exterior cladding. A professional installer will accurately calculate the amount of siding you will need, repair any currently damaged areas, prepare the proper underlay, and install the siding for a flat, even appearance. They will also offer the peace of mind of a limited warranty of their work.
- Decreased heating and cooling bills
Up to 25% of your walls are studs. While typically exterior walls are insulated between the studs, heat is transferred between the studs and the exterior through thermal bridging. Insulated vinyl siding places a barrier of protection between the studs and the outside, reducing energy transfer and decreasing your heating and cooling bills. Vinyl-clad homes may even help you qualify for incentives through energy tax credits.
- Unlimited style combinations
Today’s vinyl siding is available in an array of styles, profiles, colors, and materials. From modern and sleek, to traditional or even the look of wooden shakes or stone. Add to that the availability of both horizontal and vertical run options, and you can see how it’s possible to completely transform the look of your home without losing its charm and beauty.
The Bottom Line
Vinyl siding is a terrific alternative to refresh the look of your home and increase its value. And while it can be installed for less cost than traditional building materials, you must make sure that you do the proper preparation and use the correct installation techniques to achieve the results you want. Allied Construction Services offers expert installation of vinyl siding. If you have questions or concerns about vinyl siding, contact Mike at Allied Construction Services in Montgomery, Alabama by calling 334-281-3001. You can also email Mike here.