Whether you’re building a new home or replacing your existing siding, you’ve probably considered putting vinyl siding on your house. And who could blame you? Vinyl siding has enjoyed a huge rise in popularity over the last couple of decades due to its affordability, visual appeal, design versatility, and a variety of other reasons.
Not sure if vinyl is the right siding material for your home? In this blog, the experts at Keyprime Roofing share the top 10 benefits of vinyl siding installation to help you in your decision-making process.
Vinyl Siding Is Incredibly Affordable
If you’re in the market for low-cost siding, you can’t go wrong with vinyl. Of all the siding options on the market today, few materials are more affordable than vinyl. But that doesn’t mean vinyl is inherently low quality! Quite the opposite, in fact.
Despite its low cost, vinyl boasts an impressive lifespan due to its ability to withstand a wide variety of environmental factors. That said, vinyl siding is available in a variety of quality levels, so if you’re looking for durability and longevity, opt for a higher-end product. Even premium quality vinyl siding is less expensive than most other siding materials.
Vinyl Is Surprisingly Durable
Vinyl siding installation might be affordable, but don’t let its low price point trick you into thinking that it’s somehow inferior to other siding materials! In fact, vinyl can be incredibly durable depending on the quality of the product you select. How durable? It can withstand:
● Wind. Current building code standards require vinyl siding to withstand wind pressures equivalent to 110 mph; however, most types of vinyl siding pass tests for wind speeds greater than that.
● Fire. Vinyl isn’t totally fire resistant like some other (more expensive) siding materials, but it’s certainly more resistant to flames than wood siding. Since it’s fashioned from PVC plastic resin, it’s slow to ignite and flame spread is also slow.
● UV radiation. Vinyl siding can withstand years of sun exposure without deteriorating or losing its factory color.
● Mold and mildew. Though vinyl siding can develop mold and mildew, it’s super easy to get rid of with a pressure washer or even soap, water, and a scrub brush. Unlike some other siding materials, which can deteriorate due to mold growth, vinyl won’t break down; it’ll just look unattractive until you clean it.
● Rot. Vinyl is completely rot resistant because it repels moisture.
● Insects. Since vinyl doesn’t rot, it doesn’t provide an attractive food source for undesirable pests like carpenter ants and termites.
It’s important to note that although vinyl is durable, it’s definitely not the most resilient siding material on the market. If you’re looking for supremely durable siding that’s designed to withstand the most severe outdoor conditions, your siding contractor can point you in the right direction.
Vinyl Never Needs Painting
Vinyl siding is imbued with color during the manufacturing process, which means it doesn’t require painting after installation. More impressively, that color won’t fade extensively over time even with prolonged sun exposure.
There’s always a chance you might find a few faded panels every five to ten years, but replacing the odd panel every now and then is much less time consuming than repainting your entire home exterior. Of course, you can certainly paint your siding if you want to, but know that painting always creates additional long-term maintenance work.
Maintenance Requirements Are Minimal
Because vinyl siding doesn’t require painting and resists rot, insects, and UV-related deterioration, it’s one of the lowest maintenance cladding options on the market. Keep in mind, though, that the quality of your vinyl siding installation plays a major role in the amount of maintenance you’ll need to perform. If you have neither the time nor desire to perform extensive home maintenance, definitely consider cladding your house in vinyl.
For more siding options that require minimal upkeep, check out our blog on low-maintenance siding materials.
Vinyl Siding Offers Impressive Design Versatility
Vinyl siding is available in a dizzying array of colors, designs, and styles. Many homeowners mistakenly assume this type of cladding only comes in long, flat, horizontal panels, but that’s far from true.
Modern manufacturing advances have made vinyl siding into a chameleon of sorts — it can now be fashioned to mimic the appearance of wood siding, cedar shake, and several other materials. No matter what your exterior design goals are, you can find a style of vinyl siding to suit your needs.
Considering Vinyl Siding Installation? Trust Your Project to Keyprime Roofing
When you’re in the market for new siding, look no further than Keyprime Roofing. Our siding contractors specialize in replacing, repairing, and installing several different types of siding and can help you determine which material is best suited to your design goals, budget, and location. We serve the entire Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and offer virtual consultations and free project quotes for your convenience.
Have questions about your siding project? Ready to request a free quote? Call our Golden Valley, MN office today at 952-426-0132 or send us a message, and we’ll be in touch.