A Realistic Review of Vinyl Sidings – Discussing Their Pros and Cons

Here is a comprehensive guide and review of vinyl sidings

In the past 6 months, vinyl sidings sales have broken all previous records. Homeowners are keen to invest in a siding that lasts the longest and has the least number of problems. We have given a realistic view of vinyl sidings and discussed their major pros and cons. Learn more below so you can make an informed decision.

Based on our experience and customer feedback, we have listed below the top 3 pros of having vinyl sidings in your home.

Save Money On Exterior House Painting

  • One of the best features of vinyl sidings is that they are manufactured in a variety of textures and colors. They are manufactured in such a way that they successfully mimic other types of siding.

Vinyl sidings have a color-coated layer baked on them. It is almost impossible to scratch it off. The color runs top to bottom in a homogenous way so that it looks and feels natural. Homeowners that opt for vinyl sidings can save up on the exterior paint jobs for a very long time.

Comparatively Cheaper Than Everything Else

  • Vinyl sidings cost as much as up to 30% of the cost of other sidings. There are very few sidings that are cheaper than vinyl sidings but none of them can offer the benefits offered by vinyl sidings.

At the time of writing this article, 24 pieces of 4.5-inch x 145-inch ship lap horizontal vinyl siding cost a homeowner between $140 to $190. A fiber cement siding of the same specifications was worth between 400$ to 750$ depending on its finishing and guarantee.

Highly Resistant to Weathering Damage

  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is used to manufacture vinyl sidings, which is why they are known to last the longest. Most homeowners actually prefer cedar wood-style vinyl sidings because it has none of the problems associated with cedar wood siding.

Vinyl sidings are highly resistant to climate and weather-related effects. They can easily survive harsh weather such as sunny or rainy days. Since they are made up of PVC, they are not susceptible to damage by pests, molds, fungi, and rotting. They need minimum maintenance and hence most manufacturers offer a 20-year guarantee on vinyl sidings.

Based on customer feedback, the following are the top 2 cons associated with vinyl siding installations and maintenance.

They Require A Professional To Install

review of vinyl sidings

  • Most homeowners make the mistake of undertaking the installation as a DIY project. Improperly installed vinyl sidings can not only damage the siding, but they can also void the guarantee, and cause a number of problems to the house.

If the siding is not properly fitted, and there are gaps between them, this will allow moisture to penetrate and damage the house’s structure. If the siding isn’t fixed properly, they are susceptible to damage from even mild thunderstorm winds. It is in a homeowner’s best interest to have a professional install them.

Inadequate Maintenance Can Lead To Problems

  • It is true that vinyl sidings are low-maintenance sidings, but that does not mean they don’t require any maintenance. Manufacturers recommend cleaning the vinyl siding with a soapy water spray every 1-2 years.

In addition, homeowners should be on the lookout for any signs of damage on the vinyl siding. If they notice anything peculiar they must inform a specialist company for an inspection. Maintenance, although it costs money, is crucial for protecting your house from damage.

If you are interested in vinyl sidings and would like more information, then feel free to give us a call at 877-425-5518. We, at Simple Home Improvements, are house renovation and siding specialists operating in New Jersey. We will inspect your property and give you the best advice for vinyl sidings.

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