Vinyl is the most popular siding material used today. In 2012, one third of all new homes were covered with the material. Technology has advanced significantly since vinyl siding was introduced in the 1950s. Homeowners choose vinyl siding for several reasons.
Vinyl siding is available with many profiles, colors, textures, types of architectural trim, and other accessories. It can mimic the appearance of wood, stone, and slate.
Vinyl siding retains its color for a long time. The Vinyl Siding Institute has certified over 350 types of vinyl siding for color retention.
Vinyl siding can accentuate the features of any architectural style, giving a home a beautiful appearance. Vinyl siding is even used on historic homes because it comes in an array of period colors and architectural details and is easy to maintain.
Vinyl siding is durable. It can stand up to strong winds, heat, cold, and moisture and maintain its original appearance and performance capabilities. Many vinyl siding manufacturers offer lifetime warranties on their products and installation.
Vinyl siding is an environmentally-friendly choice. It performs better than other cladding materials, including brick, in terms of environmental and economic performance.
Insulated siding offers the beauty, durability, and sustainability of vinyl siding, as well as increased energy efficiency. Insulated siding can reduce thermal bridging and help a house meet ENERGY STAR requirements.
Vinyl siding is lightweight and easy to install. Labor costs are lower than with other cladding materials. Vinyl siding is a good retrofit option since it can be installed over existing materials.
Vinyl siding is easy to maintain. It does not need to be painted and only needs to be cleaned once a year with soap and water. It is not susceptible to rotting, cracking, or damage from insects.
Vinyl siding is the least expensive type of exterior cladding and has the lowest life cycle cost. Installing vinyl siding is one of the best home improvement projects in terms of recouping investment costs.
Vinyl siding is one of the only materials that meets the National Fire Protection Association’s stringent requirements for insulating electrical and data transmission cables.