Vinyl Siding Offers Convenience, Style and Affordability
For price, convenience and versatility, it’s hard to beat vinyl siding as a way to improve the look and value of your home. The many colors available with vinyl siding make it suitable for almost any home while the fact that it can be cleaned easily with just a blast from a garden hose makes it an attractive option.
The Most Popular Choice
Vinyl siding has become a staple of the industry and the most popular choice for siding material. According to The Vinyl Siding Institute, nearly 18.5 million squares of vinyl siding were sold in 2010 (a “square” equals 100 square feet of siding).
Vinyl was first used as a housing siding material in the late 1950s but was not a popular choice right from the beginning. The early process was far from perfect and the vinyl siding was prone to warping and fading, but once these issues were solved, vinyl moved to the top of the siding material list, easily outdistancing the previous material of choice, aluminum.
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Advantages of Vinyl Siding
The advantages of vinyl siding are many. The material is durable, yet flexible, meaning it can withstand impact from objects such as tree branches, hail, small rocks or an errant baseball. It easily accepts almost any color and the coloring process goes completely through the panel, which makes scratches virtually invisible. It resists changes to extreme heat or cold and won’t rust or flake.
Another key factor in the popularity of vinyl siding is the ease of maintenance. The siding can be easily cleaned with a garden hose and requires no painting. If one section of the siding needs to be replaced, it can be done easily without major renovations.
A Great Alternative for Homeowners in Changeable Climates
As a “green” material, vinyl siding falls somewhere in the middle. It is praised by environmentalists for the fact that it can last up to 50 years and that cleaning requires only water.
The material is a welcome alternative for homeowners in fluctuating climates because the siding can hold in heat as well as keep a house cool in the summer. This can result in comfort for the homeowner and lower energy bills as well. For homeowners looking for an economical way to beautify their homes, vinyl siding may be the answer.