Introduced to the American home building industry in the 1960s, vinyl siding soon became a popular cladding option for lower-cost homes. Back then, aluminum was the primary siding material, but it was prone to dents, dings, and scratches, and its baked-on colors faded or turned chalky from weather exposure over time. As a result, aluminum siding required regular upkeep. Vinyl siding, by contrast, needed minimal maintenance and was available in several longer-lasting, prefinished colors. But all was not perfect.
The vinyl siding of yesteryear was hardly as durable as the options currently available. Many homeowners found that their beautiful, low-cost cladding had a tendency to warp or crack. But in the 1970s, as siding technology advanced, vinyl siding was re-engineered to eventually become the hardy, insect-proof, and weather- and fade-resistant cladding that we know today. Let’s examine key reasons its popularity persists.
It’s a Budget-Friendly Option
According to the Vinyl Siding Institute, vinyl siding has the lowest installed cost among house siding options. A wood siding project, by comparison, can easily cost twice as much.
Designed to withstand severe weather, vinyl siding is virtually indestructible. It will not rust, rot, or corrode and can withstand high-speed winds and impacts from hail or flying debris. In fact, some vinyl options can resist winds of up to 200 miles per hour.
Vinyl siding is one of the easiest types of siding to maintain. Unlike wood, it requires no painting or finishing. And cleaning is simple. In many cases, an occasional rinse with a hose is all that’s needed. To remove stubborn grime, just apply a solution of 30% vinegar and 70% water with a long-handled scrub brush.
Vinyl siding is available in a multitude of styles to suit just about any architectural design. You can choose traditional panels, shakes, scallops, board and batten, and more. As for colors, options are plentiful, allowing homeowners to select unique colors that reflect their tastes or mix styles and colors in way that complements the rest of the home.
If you’re considering vinyl siding for your residence, be sure that the company you choose for installation has a record of successful projects. In other words, rely on proven experts. For siding to deliver long-lasting benefits, it needs to be installed meticulously to prevent buckling during expansion and contraction. In Long Island, NY, homeowners who need high-performance vinyl siding expertly installed routinely turn to Alure Home Improvements. With more than 70 years of home improvement experience and a reputation for providing exceptional products and services, we stand ready to give your home’s exterior the upgrade you’ve been dreaming of.
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