Vinyl siding is a popular choice for the exterior of a home. There are many good reasons why you would consider vinyl siding for your home. There are some downsides to vinyl siding that you should know before you make a choice. Vinyl siding is relatively inexpensive, and you will not find many more cost-effective materials. There are plenty of options for different budgets which will vary in thickness, texture, and colors. Vinyl siding will tend to be your cheapest option. Vinyl siding is easy to find because it is available just about everywhere. It is easy to install, and there is a wide range of people that can do vinyl siding installation.
Vinyl Siding Pros
Vinyl siding requires little maintenance to care for it. The difference between vinyl siding and other materials is that the others are coated with a layer of color. Vinyl siding has its color baked into it. This means that the color runs entirely through the siding, and it will not be rubbed or scratched off. It cannot be stripped away from the siding. One of the strongest features of vinyl siding is its ability to hold color. You will never have to paint your siding. There is also no need to scrap or patch your siding, and it will never peel. Cleaning it is almost effortless. Dust and grime slide off its surface because it is slick. The only real maintenance is to get it pressure washed yearly
Vinyl Siding Cons
While these are great qualities to have in your siding, and why many people choose this for their homes, there are some negatives of which you should be aware before making this selection. While vinyl installation is easy to install, you still need a qualified contractor to do it for you. If you do not know what you are doing, this is not the do it yourself project you want to take on. It is most effective when installed correctly, which means it should not be nailed too tightly. This may cause the siding to expand, warp, or crack. If a rock or other object hits the siding, it can pierce the siding and cause holes in it.
The insulation below the siding may trap water in a cavity that is created. Water may also enter the cavity beneath the siding if it is not appropriately caulked. Improper installation may cause water to find its way into the small spaces behind the siding, which may cause the structure of your home to rot. This allows mold and termites to decay the wood potentially.
While vinyl siding may be a more inexpensive option upfront for your house, you may pay the price when you want to sell. Having vinyl siding on your house may decrease your house’s value and how much a buyer is willing to pay.
Who Should Choose Vinyl Siding?
Vinyl siding is best for climates that are not sunny all the time and have a moderate temperature. The color of your siding will fade in bright sunlight. If the area in which you live has extreme temperature changes, the siding can also split or break as a result. If you need to replace a portion of your vinyl siding, trying to match color becomes especially difficult if the fading process has begun and often leads to needing to reside an entire elevation or the whole house to make it all match.
While vinyl siding is easy to clean with your hose, it is still important to handle it properly. Squeegee Squad will pressure wash your house properly to ensure water does not get trapped behind the siding. They use proper equipment and procedures to ensure your siding is cleaned and restored to its beauty without causing a risk to your home with improper care. Contact them today to find out how they can clean your home.