Vinyl siding comes in a host of colors and styles, allowing homeowners to create the beauty they desire for their home exterior. Its affordability is at the top of the list of what makes it so popular, and the energy-saving insulated vinyl is a close second.
Vinyl is made of a strong form of plastic that holds color so well that it doesn’t need to be repainted. Ever. While other siding materials require repainting, vinyl holds its hue, giving you more time to do the things you love.
Learn why so many homeowners choose vinyl.
7 Key Benefits of Vinyl Siding
1. Its Customization Potential Gives You Options
Your home should uniquely reflect you—beginning with its exterior. One of the reasons vinyl is popular is its ability to be so easily customized to your preferences.
When homeowners choose vinyl, they get to pick the color, thickness, and length of the planks. They also decide on the vinyl’s profile, which refers to the way the panels look. Vinyl panels come wide or narrow, with or without grooves cut into them, and either rough or smooth.
2. Its Affordability Is Tough to Beat
Vinyl is so cost-effective that it’s a popular go-to for first-time home buyers and investment property owners. It allows them to upgrade their home’s looks easily.
3. Homeowners Enjoy Its Baked-in Color’s Staying Power
If you cringe at the idea of sanding your home’s siding and repainting it every 6-8 years, as some materials require, then you’ll love vinyl’s fade-resistant color. Why is vinyl’s color so long-lasting? Because it goes all the way through the siding material. If your vinyl siding gets scratched, the color under the surface is the same as on top, making any blemish less visible. Its uniform color keeps your home looking beautiful for years.
4. Homeowners Appreciate Vinyl’s Low Maintenance
The slick exterior of vinyl allows you to wash it with a garden hose to remove any dust or dirt and keep it looking good throughout its lifetime.
It’s important to wash your vinyl from top to bottom, aiming your hose downward while rinsing it to prevent moisture intrusion behind the panels. If a stubborn stain appears, combine three parts vinegar and seven parts water, and apply it with a brush. Resist the temptation to use a pressure washer on your siding, as it could create problems.
If vinyl siding becomes marred, replace the plank to restore your home’s beauty.
5. Vinyl Comes in a Variety of Styles and Design Options
Vinyl comes in several styles. Get popular horizontal panels (lap siding) for a traditional appearance or vertical panels for a more contemporary aesthetic. Vertical panels can also create the rustic chic board-and-batten look ideal for farmhouse design. Its cedar shake style can mimic the appearance of wood while saving you the tedious maintenance wood siding requires.
You can bring out the architectural features in your home with vinyl. It looks great when paired with other siding materials such as natural stone, Versetta stone, or brick. Use one siding material to bring out your home’s accent features, and complement it with another siding material to add texture and interest to your exterior design.
6. Vinyl Comes Insulated or Uninsulated
Homeowners who choose vinyl get to select whether it’s insulated or uninsulated. Insulated vinyl has one of the highest insulation ratings (R-values) of all siding materials available, so it saves you on utilities throughout the year.
While vinyl shields your home from the cold, it also provides noise-dampening so you can enjoy a more peaceful home interior.
7. Siding, Facia, and Soffits All Come in Vinyl
Your home exterior will have a cohesive look with vinyl because you can literally cover the whole thing in this affordable siding material.
How Vinyl Siding Is Installed
It’s essential to have vinyl installed by a reputable team of professionals so it will perform well over its lifespan. If it is not installed properly, trouble could result due to shoddy work. Vinyl siding is lightweight and easy to handle, streamlining the installation process and saving you on labor and material costs.
Find a reputable contractor to install your vinyl siding so you can get the performance you deserve out of it. To find a good contractor, check online ratings, referrals, the BBB, Angi, and with friends and neighbors.
Beautify Your Pennsylvania Home with New Siding
When you invest in replacement siding, bring out your home’s beauty while improving its efficiency. At Preferred Home Improvement, we install affordable vinyl siding and durable James Hardie fiber cement siding. As a James Hardie Elite Preferred contractor, we are trained by the manufacturer to install using their best practices.