Vinyl Siding: Exploring The Pros And Cons

Posted on: 20 January 2015

Vinyl siding is arguably the most popular and one of the most beneficial siding options you can choose for your home. However, before installing vinyl siding on your home, it is important to take the time to carefully consider both the pros and cons that come along with this exterior siding option. By taking the time to review this information outlined below, you can be sure that you are choosing the right siding options for both your needs, and the needs of your home.

The Pros

There are many benefits that accompany the installation of vinyl siding on your home. These benefits include:

  1. Affordable - With the average cost of installing high quality vinyl siding coming in at under $5 a square foot, vinyl siding is easily one of the most affordable options you will have available to you. In fact, vinyl siding will often be the most affordable of all.
  2. Durable - Vinyl siding offers a durability and longevity that is not found in many siding options. While this siding is not invincible, it is resistant to most types of damage, such as rotting and rusting.
  3. Low Maintenance - While many contractors will market vinyl siding as "no maintenance" siding, the truth is, all siding requires some basic maintenance to stay looking its best. That being said, vinyl siding is an incredibly low maintenance choice. In most cases, this siding will require nothing more than a simple wash once a year.

The Cons

There are also some disadvantages that are associated with the installation of vinyl siding. These disadvantages include:

  1. Fading - The color of vinyl siding will fade over the years with exposure to direct sunlight. Unfortunately, the only way to restore this color is to completely replace your siding.
  2. Cracking - In extremely cold temperatures, vinyl siding will become brittle and begin to crack. This can be a serious problem for people living in cold weather climates.
  3. Low Melting Temperature - Vinyl siding will become soft and begin to melt at a relatively low temperature. In fact, the radiating heat from a BBQ grill that has been placed too close to the house will be all it takes to begin melting this siding. Consequently, you will need to be careful when using any source of heat on the exterior of your home.

The Bottom Line

While most homeowners will find that vinyl siding is the perfect siding option for their home, this option will not be right for everyone. For instance, if you live in an extremely cold or extremely hot climate, vinyl siding may not be right for you due to its low melting temperature and susceptibility to cracking in cold weather. However, if like most of the country, you live in a mixed climate, these temperature concerns will not be a problem for you.

To learn more about the pros and cons of vinyl siding or to schedule the installation of your new siding, be sure to contact a reputable contractor in your local area such as Bramble Builders, Inc today.