There are numerous manufacturers vying for your attention when it comes time to remodel the exterior of your home. Though there are many products out there that would look gorgeous on your house, keep in mind what happens after the contractor is paid and that new exterior is all yours. For some types of exterior cladding, installation is just the beginning.
Vinyl siding can make life easier
Take a look at all the options for the exterior of your home. Fiber cement siding, wood clapboard, aluminum siding, stucco and a whole host of other popular options are available to achieve the look you want at a price that feels right. But with all these possibilities, more homeowner still opt for vinyl siding. There are plenty of reasons why:
- Price. A good-quality siding, including installation, can cost between $2 and $10 per square foot. If you intend to do the work yourself and want to keep vinyl siding cost as low as possible, expect to pay about $1 per square foot; however, keep in mind that you do get what you pay for, and the higher-quality siding is still inexpensive but provides much more in the way of durability.
- Durability. Vinyl siding can last for many decades, and it can withstand high winds, serious rains and the occasional impact without much trouble. In fact, some vinyl siding is rated to withstand hurricane force winds and significant hail without suffering major damage.
- Colors. One of the complaints about vinyl siding in years past was the lack of color choices. However, a burst of new colors over the last several years has made it possible for a homeowner to find whatever color they fancy. Today’s vinyl siding colors can even match the unique shades popular on historic homes centuries ago.
- Low maintenance. This is where vinyl siding sets itself apart from the other options. Other than the occasional spot-cleaning, vinyl siding is maintenance-free. It can withstand years of the elements without needing a single bit of help from the homeowner. In fact, vinyl siding is so low-maintenance that you really can install it and forget about it.
- Ease of repairs. The need for vinyl siding repair is rare, but if it does happen, the work is easy for a homeowner to accomplish. The way vinyl siding locks together makes it simple for a homeowner to unlock one panel and replace it with a new one.
All of these advantages are great, but what about the downsides? Just as with any other type of cladding, there are a few downsides to vinyl siding. The production of vinyl siding gives off fumes that are believed to be hazardous to the environment. Some vinyl siding is prone to fading, though newer lines have reduced fade quite effectively. There is also the possibility of moisture damage if water gets trapped underneath the vinyl siding.
Even when the disadvantages are factored in, busy homeowners often see the lack of maintenance required for vinyl siding to be a strong selling point. If you prefer to simply hire a contractor to install siding and rarely give it a second thought after that, vinyl siding could be the perfect option for your remodel.