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July 17, 2018




Is Vinyl Siding Right for My Home?

The quality of a home is highly dependent on its materials. Whether it’s the materials used on the roof or the siding covering your home, these materials impact your home’s durability, aesthetic appearance and resale value. With so much on the line, it’s essential that homeowners equip themselves with the knowledge to make smart decisions pertaining to their home.

In this post, we’ll explore what vinyl siding is and how it helps you achieve a beautiful home in both appearance and functionality.

What is Vinyl Siding?

Vinyl is an alternative to other siding options such as aluminum or fibre cement. This siding consists of approximately 80 percent PVC resin, with the remaining 20 consisting of ingredients that provide colour, opacity, gloss, impact resistance and flexibility. Vinyl siding is one of the most commonly installed exterior cladding in Canada and the United States.

How Does it Benefit My Home?

  • Durability: Only taking a back seat to stone or brick, vinyl is a highly durable siding option. It withstands high temperatures, winds, hail and other extreme weather conditions. It also doesn’t rust, warp or corrode, which discourages pests-such as termites-from attacking your siding. Furthermore, vinyl is moisture resistant, so homeowners won’t have to deal with rotting or splitting, like with wood siding.
  • Low Maintenance: Vinyl’s durable nature translates into lower maintenance. Unlike with wood, annual painting or staining isn’t necessary. A simple cleaning once or twice a year will be sufficient to keep your home appealing and functional.
  • Energy Efficient: Vinyl siding is available in an insulated version. This option acts as a protective blanket to keep your home warm in the winter and cooler in the summer. This not only lowers your home’s energy costs, but it also serves as an energy tax credit.

In summary, vinyl siding can be a durable, aesthetically appealing and financially realistic option for your home’s exterior. Make sure to do the proper research to ensure you’re choosing the best option for your home. If you’ve already committed to going this route, next week we’ll explore, choosing the best colour for your siding, so stay tuned!