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So what are the advantages of vinyl siding? Vinyl siding was invented over 50 years ago as an alternative to aluminum siding. As with any style choice, vinyl siding has it's strong proponents as well as detractors. The variations in materials come down to choosing your preference in budget, future maintenance and aesthetics.
The primary advantage to installing vinyl siding is affordability. A new siding installation of wood clapboards or wood shingles can run 2.5 times more than a new installation by a local vinyl siding contractor. Another advantage to vinyl siding is that the pigments are mixed in with the resins, so that the color is uniform throughout. Other claddings such as painted wood shingles, painted wood clapboards, aluminum siding or fiber cement boards may rust or show surface blemishes.
Another factor to consider is maintenance. A painted wood exterior will usually require painting every 4-8 years. There is such a disparity in time because there are so many variables. We've all seen homes that were painted a year ago and now have large swaths of paint flaking off, as well as quality jobs on excellent condition wood that may last for over a decade. If you are one of those lucky ones, you may not choose vinyl. But if you are reading this article, it's likely you are one of the less fortunate that are faced with a cycle of painting.
As a one-time cost, painting is less expensive than vinyl siding, the real difference is when you project out over time. A good rule of thumb is that if you plan on owning your home for more than one painting cycle, it will be less expensive to go with an affordable vinyl siding installation than 2 paint jobs ( or of course more if you plan on owning your home for longer ).
New paint regulations will be coming into effect Jan 1st 2011 ( they have already been delayed once, and may be so again ) but stay tuned, as it may increase the cost of a professional paint job due to the requirements to work in a lead safe manner and cleanup. Obviously these new regulations will effect all remodelers, but due to the generally inexpensive nature of painting ( 85% of the total cost of painting is labor on average ) and the sheer volume of paint disturbed may increase the cost of exterior painting more than some other specialties.
Another advantage to vinyl siding is the ability to add insulation. We'll talk more specifically about insulation and options in the manufacturer brand choice sections, but in general you can add foam board insulation under traditional vinyl siding, and there are even formed / structural insulation vinyl siding products that can add significantly to your homes energy efficiency. Additional weather protection systems such as Tyvek or Typar can also be used as a housewrap and for moisture vapor transmission and water holdout. What does that mean in English? It means the average house can create 4-6 gallons of moisture vapor in a day and that vapor can dissipate into the wall cavities. Housewraps can prevent water from penetrating from the outside, while allowing moisture vapor to escape. Moisture escape from the inside is a major reason why paint doesn't last, peels and ultimately needs repainting on average every 4-8 years.
Vinyl Siding can also solve the problem of old wood that has been repainted dozens of times. On some older houses even after the latest painting, the sheer volume of paint built up can lead to an unsightly result. Vinyl siding cladding completely covers wood shingles or clapboards that have become unattractive due to paint build up.
The major complaint among the wood exterior crowd is an attraction to the wood exterior look.
Some people just wont accept anything other than wood. Nothing I, or anyone else says will convince them that a vinyl siding installation is the way to go. I will point out that new products and methods are making even many of these die-hards convert to the newer vinyl siding products. New polymer injections molds have the appearance of wood shingles, new brands have extremely realistic wood grains and longer panel options can reduce or eliminate the lap seams in many applications.
Up to a third of new homes now are being built with vinyl siding. Even new home builders with an eye towards beauty and maximizing value are increasingly turning toward vinyl siding exteriors. New products such as Certainteed Cedar Impressions® Vinyl Siding, Certainteed Northwoods Vinyl Siding ®, Mastic Cedar Discovery® Vinyl Siding and Crane Portsmouth Shake® Vinyl Siding often fool even savvy eyes into thinking there is a particularly good condition wood exterior siding installation! We'll go into more about specific products and manufacturers in our manufacturer section.