If you're thinking of updating the exterior of your home, you have a huge array of options from brick facade to wood composite. But while all of these options have their place, one exterior material really stands out among the rest and is a good choice for a majority of homeowners: vinyl siding. Here are four reason to put this material at the top of your list of options to consider.
Vinyl siding does not need to be painted.
So many home exterior materials are high-maintenance. Classic wood siding needs to be painted regularly if you don't want it to rot away. Wood composite is less susceptible to rot, but it still needs to be painted if you don't want it to start looking chipped and unsightly. Even aluminum siding needs to be painted and sanded now and then. With vinyl, however, there's no painting necessary. The color is added to the vinyl product itself, so as your vinyl ages, the color never wear off or needs to be replacement.
It will withstand the elements.
With wood siding, you have to worry about rot setting in if the season is overly moist or if a tree rubs against it, trapping moisture. Aluminum does not rust, but it will eventually corrode when exposed to moisture. Vinyl, however, is virtually impervious to the elements. It does not matter if it gets wet or if it's 100 degrees outside — it's going to be just fine.
Vinyl is also unappealing to termites, wood bees, and other insects that tend to damage wood siding and other wooden exterior materials.
Vinyl siding cuts down your energy bills.
There's a phenomenon known as thermal bridging that happens when you have exterior siding made from metal. Heat is passed from the wall studs through to the siding and then lost to the great outdoors. This does not happen with vinyl siding, especially when you insulate well between your vinyl and the wall studs, since vinyl is not nearly as good of a conductor as metal. As a result, your heating bills tend to be lower with vinyl siding.
You can clean it easily.
If your vinyl siding starts looking dusty or dirty, all you need to do is give it a good spray with the hose or a power washer. You don't have to worry about pieces chipping off as you would with wood or brick, and there's no rush to dry it off quickly, since it won't rust or corrode.
So, how does vinyl siding sound? For more information, contact local professionals like Versatile Roofing.