New siding will instantly elevate the beauty and curb appeal of your home. In addition, replacing worn or damaged siding protects the underlying structure from moisture and environmental damage. Although wood is the traditional choice for siding, vinyl has gained popularity since it was introduced to replace aluminum siding in the 1950s. When shopping for siding, here’s what you need to know about the benefits of vinyl over wood.
Reduced Energy Use
Unlike wood, vinyl is available in insulated varieties that help the home stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. You’ll use less energy for heating and cooling the home, resulting in lower utility bills and reduced environmental impact.
Debris, dirt and mildew can be easily removed from the surface of vinyl siding. Simply spray with a cleaning solution and wipe with a clean rag. You can purchase a commercial cleanser designed for vinyl siding or make your own solution with 70% water, 30% vinegar.
Wood siding must be repainted every year or two to prevent chipping and flaking. Vinyl does not require this type of maintenance and will look as good as new for decades. Although early versions of vinyl siding had a reputation for cracking, fading and sagging, modern formulations have corrected these issues.
Vinyl siding can be installed much more quickly than wood siding. This means that the project will be done sooner and as a result cost less for labor. Unlike vinyl, wood must be finished and painted after installation.
Wood siding costs two to three times more than most types of vinyl siding. According to This Old House, mid-grade vinyl costs about $1.60 per square foot installed compared to $4 to $5 per square foot for wood plank.
When you’re ready to replace your home’s siding, get in touch with a qualified contractor. He or she will answer your questions about the benefits of different siding materials and recommend the best option for your home.