There are dozens of choices for a homeowner considering exterior finishes. How to decide which one is right for you? Not one finish is perfect. But you can find one that best suits your needs. This is your investment and it is an important one. Today we are going to find out a few advantages and disadvantages of vinyl siding to help you make a right decision for your home.
Oftentimes people cringe at the sound of vinyl but its improved performance has definitely made this exterior finish an option to consider. Vinyl siding is extremely versatile. It comes in a wide array of colors and textures. For example, you can install vinyl siding on your home that looks like real wood without the real wood cost. You also have the option of installing it vertically or horizontally. In short, It's not your grandma's vinyl, anymore! Taking cost into consideration, vinyl siding is less costly than other exterior finishes. That doesn’t mean you will be looking at another remodel in the near future. Depending on the thickness of the vinyl siding it can last anywhere from about 20-40 years, meaning you may want a change before you need one!
Anytime you are looking to install a new exterior finish, moisture problems should always be taken into consideration. Moisture causes rotting and water damage and no home owner wants that. The good news is that vinyl siding is not screwed tightly into the house but hung loosely. That gives air the opportunity to move behind it causing it less likely to trap moisture. Less maintenance is another advantage of vinyl siding. Simply washing your siding with water and mild detergent once a year will keep your home looking nice and clean. Pressure washing is not recommended as the pressure of the water can damage the siding.
Now when choosing an exterior finish it is important to consider the disadvantages of every option. Vinyl is not an exception. Vinyl siding is prone to weather and crack according to the temperature outside. When temperatures are extremely cold vinyl can crack. Likewise, when our Southern summers hit, the heat can cause vinyl siding to melt. Another disadvantage of vinyl is that the 12 ft length causes seams to be noticeable. If you would like the seams less noticeable you would need to purchase longer panels and that will increase your cost by 30%. Because the panels are so long when you do have a repair it requires replacement of the entire section. Today, there are so many options a homeowner can choose from. We are happy to provide you with the information you need to make a decision. No matter what exterior finish you choose for you home, vinyl, hardie board, stone or stucco, it is important to find installers who are experts at what they do. Not only will it guarantee a pleasant experience, but hiring professionals will reduce the risk of poor quality service and value from your siding investment. Our team at Exterior Specialists are happy to assist and answer any questions you may have. Our 50 years of combined experience helps us deliver quality building services to all of our clients. You can give us a call if you have any questions or fill out our simple form and one of our specialists will contact you shortly!