One of the biggest investment a homeowner needs to make to protect their home is Siding. According to the Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI), statistics shown from the U.S. Census Bureau show that since 1995, more homeowners side their homes with vinyl than any other material.
Vinyl siding was first introduced to the market in the 1960’s and have worked their way up ever since. What makes Vinyl siding so popular is its cheap installation cost, durability, up to 350 different colors, and ability to resist winds over 100 mph. You’re probably thinking this sounds great, but are there any cons to this, as it seems the perfect choice for my home exterior! We wrote a list of pros of cons of Vinyl Siding.
- Pro: Easy to install. Vinyl siding is lightweight and incredibly easy to install. It is available at your local home improvement stores so if you are quite handy around the house, you are able to put it up yourself by following instructions that are given with the siding.
- Pro: Long-lasting color. Most contractors will often recommend vinyl siding as an option for homeowners who are looking to change the appearance of their homes, without any fuss or maintenance, and most important of them all, within their budget. Modern vinyl siding maintains its looks for many years longer than other material.
“Manufacturers have increased the availability of darker colors (and lighter ones, too) with improved color retention,” says the Vinyl Siding Institute. “Vinyl and other polymeric siding have the widest array of profile offerings of any exterior cladding.”
- Pro: Cost. As mentioned briefly above. Vinyl is about as low maintenance as it gets. It resists pests such as termites and blights such as rot, so essentially, you’re getting your money’s worth. Also, you will not need to repaint your home – a simple cleaning once a year will help maintain your sidings condition all year round.
- Con: Not waterproof. Vinyl siding water resistant, however, it is not watertight because of the way it is installed, water can sometimes get in between the siding and the surface of your home. This will potentially cause mold problem and if it is left untreated can effectively cause health issues in your home. International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) tells its member that “since wind-driven rain can easily get into the space behind the siding, building paper of housewrap should be installed behind the siding to protect against water damage. Drainage holes or slots in horizontal vinyl siding allow water behind the siding to drain.”
- Con: Fading. If your home is naturally exposed to the sunlight the exterior of your home will somewhat fade. However, this was a common complaint received and they’ve made new changes to prevent this. We suggest homeowners clean their siding at least once a year to prevent any build up dirt that can dull the siding’s true color.
- Con: Dents and Cracks. Living in an area with extreme weather could cause your siding to bend, crack and break. InterNACHI says. “Extreme heat can also cause vinyl to melt or distort, there have been cases of hot reflections from nearby windows causing warping and melting.”
There is a lot to consider when it comes to investing in home improvement. At Quinns Construction, we recommend our homeowners not to make their decision based on the pricing. You want to invest in a material where you are getting your money’s worth based on your house needs. If you are looking to get your home exterior done and you need a professional who is reliable and dedicated to their work. Contact us at (978) 957-1200.