What is Vinyl Siding?
Vinyl siding is the plastic exterior siding for a house. It used for weatherproofing and decoration purposes. It’s manufactured primarily from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin and fashioned to look like traditional wood siding.
Because siding is one of the most vital parts of a home’s exterior, it’s important to understand why vinyl remains the top choice for siding material despite all the other siding materials available out there.
The Benefits of Vinyl Siding
One of the strong selling points of vinyl siding is that it weathers well. It is far more resistant to rotting and insect and termite damage compared to its wood counterpart.
Traditional siding is susceptible to rust, mold, and other elements that affect its integrity and ruin its appearance. The Polyvinyl Chloride in vinyl siding makes it immune to all those.
And unlike other siding, it does not require to be painted or caulked. Vinyl is easy to install. Best of all, it is comparatively low cost. So not only are you paying less upfront but because vinyl is so durable and stands well against the natural elements, it’s also low maintenance.
The most you’ll need to do over the years is wash it and check for moisture every so often. And if it’s split or cracked, you only need to replace the damaged panels.
Vinyl siding has evolved in design since it was first introduced. Some resemble real wood so much that even the trained eye would have to take a closer look. Most manufacturers offer very realistic-looking grain wood patterns.
Special compounds used in the manufacturing of vinyl siding help it resist fading, protect it against ultraviolet rays and provide dozens of color choices. Vinyl siding comes in a variety of many different siding colors to match the look and feel of any home.
When You Should Skip Vinyl Siding
While vinyl siding is recommended for most homes, there are exceptions. If you happen to live in a historic neighborhood, restored homes need to follow strict guidelines that state that you can only use the same materials that were originally used when it was first built.
And since vinyl siding was introduced in the 1950s as a replacement aluminum siding, they certainly were not the siding material used in 100-year old homes. To maintain the integrity and aesthetic of historical neighborhoods, we agree that modern vinyl siding has no place here.
As mentioned, vinyl siding installation is easy. However, it’s still best to leave it to the professionals to install. If you want your siding to perform their job, then they need to be installed properly. Attempt to do it yourself, and you may end up with warped and buckled siding.
Only experienced contractors know how the material reacts to changing temperatures. And because vinyl siding will expand and contract depending on the weather, expertise and experience are essential to the correct installation of vinyl siding.
Still want to know more vinyl siding? 1-800-HANSONS is here to help! For over 25 years, we have been delivering exceptional siding options to happy homeowners in Michigan and Ohio. We use premium materials that feature a compound that protects your home from ultra-violet light and discoloration.
We offer a large selection of colors and styles to give your home a complete makeover. Choose Hansons, and you’ll enjoy beautiful, maintenance- free siding for years to come.