Vinyl Siding: The Pros and Cons
Whether you’re replacing your existing siding or building a new home, selecting exterior siding is no small task. Without high-quality siding, your home will be vulnerable to damage from the outside elements, so it’s important that you do your research on the materials available to you. To help you get your research process started, below, the siding contractors at Eastern Roofing & Siding discuss the pros and cons of installing vinyl cladding on your home.
Pro: No Painting Necessary
Unlike most other siding materials, vinyl does not need any painting after the siding installation is complete. Vinyl’s coloring is actually baked into the material during the manufacturing process, which means you’ll never need to repaint it for as long as it remains on your house. Even better, the color is fully homogenous, so there’s no variance in hue from slat to slat.
Pro: High Cost-to-Benefit Ratio
Whether you’re on a budget or you’re looking to get the most value for your money, vinyl siding delivers. Few siding materials are as inexpensive as vinyl and, because the material has a relatively long lifespan, you’ll get substantial longevity in return for a small investment.
Pro: Low Maintenance
Though vinyl siding can be manufactured to mimic classic wood siding, vinyl needs just a fraction of the maintenance that wood requires. Because vinyl’s surface is slippery, it doesn’t collect dirt and grime the way wood siding does, and a quick spray with a garden hose is all that’s necessary to clean it.
Even better, vinyl siding, unlike wood, is impervious to rot, warping, and insects, which can dramatically reduce the need for siding repair.
Con: Potential for Splitting and Fading
Dramatic temperature fluctuations can cause vinyl siding to spit or crack as it ages. Over time, sun exposure can also result in color fading, and unfortunately, painting typically isn’t a viable solution for reviving the color. If the siding is well aged and faded, a new coat of paint will likely crack and peel quickly.
Con: Low Return on Investment
Because vinyl is a low-cost siding option, it doesn’t add a considerable amount of value to your home. However, if you’re not planning to sell your property anytime soon, you probably don’t need to worry about the potential ROI of vinyl siding.
Con: Vulnerability to Impact
Vinyl siding can withstand certain low-level impacts; however, it is not fully impact resistant. When objects hit vinyl siding with enough force, they can crack the material or put holes in it, and unfortunately, damaged vinyl cannot be repaired. Siding replacement is the only suitable option to remedy damaged vinyl cladding.
Need Siding Installation in the Twin Cities? Contact Eastern Roofing & Siding
If you’re in the market for siding installation, replacement, or repair, get in touch with our team at Eastern Roofing & Siding. We’ve proudly served homeowners throughout Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Inver Grove Heights, and the surrounding areas for over 25 years, and we’d love to get started on your project too! To learn more about our services or request an estimate, give us a call today at 651-238-1313 or send us a message with any questions, and we’ll be in touch.