Vinyl Siding: A Comprehensive Selection Guide

As the year enters in its second half, the weather couldn’t be better for sprucing up your home exterior. Apart from roof repairs and landscaping, have you considered a total makeover with new vinyl siding? There are many benefits to it: not only will you fall in love with the new look and make the whole neighbourhood envious, but vinyl siding is among the home improvement projects with the greatest ROI. If you’re selling your home, according to the Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report, you can recoup up to 75.6% of your vinyl siding cost. Here’s what you should know about vinyl.

Budget considerations

When compared to wood siding that requires painting every 10 years or different types of metal siding which are expensive right out of the box, vinyl siding is a great budget-friendly option for homeowners who want both the look of traditional materials and excellent properties. Most installers will start with a free estimate so you know what to expect for your particular case, while the appointed project manager will try to keep the project within the agreed budget. Apart from the contractors’ satisfaction guarantee, vinyl products are backed by their manufacturer’s warranties in case of any defects.

Popular colour options

New technology has allowed the production of vinyl in darker pigments that don’t warp or change colour. Unlike with previous generations, now you can choose vibrant rich tones, that won’t fade in the sun. Apart from many wood-grain textures, you can choose Antique Parchment or London Brown, or something bolder like Cape Cod Blue or Coastal Sage. In the top-shelf options, you can for darker tones like Autumn Red, Somerset Wheat, Walnut, and so on.

Maintenance requirements

In comparison to other options, vinyl requires little maintenance but for occasional cleaning with a hose or power washer, soap, and water. Once installed, it gives your home a permanent freshly painted look that is resistant to scratches, cracks and weather conditions. For example, pros behind Garden State Brickface and Siding install Amherst vinyl siding that delivers rich colour throughout the panel without chipping, flaking or blistering, while each panel is fortified with a rolled nail hem for extra-strong attachment, capable of withstanding wind loads of 155mph, according to lab tests. 

Installation procedures

No matter how handy you are with your tools, for the best outcome, you better hire a professional to install your siding. Since vinyl siding expands and contracts, if nailed too tight to the wall, it might warp and bulge. Professionals installers have both the right tools and experience to prevent these problems. Once they remove your existing siding that might be rotted, cracked, or infested with insects, installers will make sure the underlying layer is properly sealed before putting vinyl over it.

Energy efficiency and sustainability

Combined with insulation, vinyl siding can make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient. By keeping the heat outside, it can help you stay cooler in the summer, and warmer in winter by blanketing the heat inside. The effectiveness of the insulation depends on the R-values and the rigidity of vinyl. In environmental terms, vinyl is a sustainable material with a long lifespan that protects the wood and other natural resources used in home construction. Since it doesn’t require painting, it reduces the amount of paint, solvents, stain, and caulk from being wasted away.

Over the years, vinyl has grown into one of the most popular and cost-effective siding options. With its durability and low maintenance requirements, it’s a perfect choice for both new homes and renovation projects that aim to add value to the property.

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