Throughout the U.S. and Canada, vinyl siding has become the top choice of homeowners looking for a smart investment and wise choice for exterior cladding. The reasons are plentiful: vinyl siding is beautiful, durable, realistic, easy to design with and requires virtually no maintenance.
The Advantages of Vinyl Siding
1. Beautiful by design
Vinyl siding has evolved from a practical choice to one of unmatched beauty. Homeowners can now choose from a wide range of beautiful colors, a variety of styles and realistic textures. Customizing your ideal exterior by mixing and matching is easier than ever.
2. Durability for life
Vinyl siding is as tough as it is beautiful. Fade-resistant finishes, scratch-resistant colors and a locking technology to keep panels tightly affixed make vinyl siding a smart choice in nearly any climate or condition. An equally durable warranty is usually offered to back a homeowner’s investment.
3. High quality, high value
Vinyl siding is cost-effective to install, is designed to last, and makes a beautiful statement with a minimum of upkeep. Compared to wood siding, vinyl siding is virtually maintenance free, and that means more money in your pocket – no paint to buy, panels to replace, insects to fight, or pros to hire to do the work.
4. A proven payback
Homeowners who chose vinyl siding over wood, brick, stone or fiber cement often recover nearly 100% of the project cost when they resell their homes. If you’re planning to stay in your home, vinyl siding provides the lowest cost per square foot than other materials, for a faster return on your investment. There may be even tax breaks and loan incentives available depending on the type of vinyl siding you choose. When it comes time to sell your home, an exterior clad in vinyl siding is a plus with prospective homeowners. Dollar for dollar, residing with vinyl is one of the best home improvements you can make.
Love the look of wood siding? To keep it looking fresh, painting, scraping, replacing wood rot, and fighting insects is required. That takes time -- and money. Even if you choose brick, stucco, river cement or another exterior product, you’ll pay to maintain it – or pay someone to do it for you. Vinyl siding is a smart alternative. Install it and forget it. The only maintenance need is to hose it off now and then if it becomes dirty. That’s as simple as it gets.
6. Energy efficient
Depending on its R-value, vinyl siding may reduce your heating and cooling costs when properly installed. Pair your vinyl siding with new energy-efficient doors, windows, trim and ventilation, and you could reduce your bills even more. Your budget, and your HVAC, will thank you.
7. Eco-friendly and certified green
When you are able to forgo painting, filling and caulking, fewer toxic chemicals are released into the environment. Just washing out a paintbrush creates waste. Choose vinyl siding, and you reduce your own carbon footprint. Take it further by going with a manufacturer who manufactures responsibly and uses eco-friendly packaging. And did you know many vinyl siding, door and window products are recognized by the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) as “green approved,” meaning they have been third party certified. Look for green-approved, eco-friendly, energy-efficient products when residing your home. It makes a difference.
For more information on the benefits and sustainability of vinyl siding, check out the Vinyl Siding Institute’s "America Sides with Vinyl" video series on VSI’s YouTube channel, or visit our Sustainability articles.