The outside of a home deserves as much attention as the inside. Choosing the perfect exterior provides better resale value in addition to increased energy savings. A great option for a home’s exterior surface is vinyl siding panels.
What is Vinyl Siding
Vinyl panels are an excellent exterior siding option for homes. The material used to make them includes polyvinyl chloride, or PVC and resin. Other materials are added to create varying types of vinyl siding or different colors. Some dealers also refer to vinyl siding as vinyl cladding.
Types of Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding panels are sold in various styles including Dutch lap siding, clapboard siding, board and batten siding, beaded, scallops and shakes. Each type varies in design and usage, with the most frequently used type being Dutch lap siding. The panels can be purchased either as is or insulated for greater home insulation and energy savings.
Cost of Vinyl Siding
Cost depends on variables such as length of panels, whether or not they are insulated, finishing touches and vertical versus horizontal alignment. Fancy designs also cost more than traditional Dutch lap siding and prices also vary in different areas. The thickness of siding panels also affects the price. Typically, vinyl siding panels, including installation, cost from $2 to $12 per square foot. A homeowner must also consider finishing pieces around eaves and windows when calculating the total cost.
Vinyl siding proves to be one of the least expensive home exterior coverings. Considering price of the siding, installation and upkeep, vinyl siding is a great financial option for a homeowner on a budget.
This type of siding also offers longer durability than wood or other finishes and homeowners do not have to worry about termites or other insects destroying their homes exterior. This also saves money usually spent on bug protection.
Vinyl siding is also water-resistant. Many a homeowner is familiar with the work required to maintain a wood home’s exterior. With vinyl, waterproofing is a thing of the past.
Vinyl is not very thick and is prone to damage from a storm’s impact. Those living in high tornado or hurricane areas might consider either thicker vinyl or another option for their home.
Although waterproof, vinyl that is not cleaned regularly is prone to mold and mildew. This could be a problem for homes located in high rain or humidity areas.
Ask other homeowners for recommendations of the best siding contractors. Ask the dealer for the best vinyl siding options for your home and inquire about prices. An experienced contractor will be more than happy to help and give an estimate.