When it comes to the different siding types, vinyl siding is a great option for many people. It has been a very popular siding choice for many years and there are good reasons for it. The material is very lightweight, versatile and relatively inexpensive.
As with any major investment and large remodeling project, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of a product before you make a decision. Colorado Siding Repair can guide you along the way and help you find the right siding for you.
Pros & Cons of Vinyl Siding
There are some very clear advantages and disadvantages in regards to vinyl siding. You should be aware of them and consider them before deciding if you want to have this siding type installed.
The biggest pro for vinyl siding is its price. This is definitely the most budget-friendly siding. If your siding is in urgent need of repair or replacement without you wanting to make a big investment, go with vinyl siding. Financially speaking it may also be the only feasible choice for you.
Vinyl siding is not as durable and long-lasting as other siding types but it does look great when newly installed. Additionally, when it is damaged, from hail for example, it can be repaired and may not need a full replacement. Colorado Siding Repair is one of the few companies around that does partial siding replacements whenever possible.
Another big advantage of vinyl siding is the amount and ease of maintenance. It does not need to be sanded down or painted but simply washed off with a garden hose every so often. You just want to get rid of the dust and dirt that collects over time.
Furthermore, vinyl siding comes in many different textures and styles. You have a wide variety of colors to choose from as well. They are baked on and go all the way through the material. That way they do not peel, scratch or chip.
Due to its nature, the material is resistant to pests and insects. When it is correctly installed it will also not trap moisture, which would lead to mold and mildew. These resistances are definitely a plus.
There are however some clear disadvantages to vinyl siding as well. We want you to be aware of these before you make a decision. That way you can make the decision that is best for you with all the facts in mind.
The biggest con is its durability. Due to the lightweight material it is more easily damaged than other, sturdier siding material. In Colorado hail is always a concern and vinyl siding does not stand up terribly well to hail, especially if the siding is older.
This might mean that you may have to have the siding repaired or replaced sooner than you would have to with other, more durable siding. Those repairs will add to the initial cost and may mean that vinyl siding will no longer be the most cost-effective choice.
From a financial standpoint, vinyl siding is not the best investment you could make. James Hardie fiber cement siding has a much better ROI than vinyl siding as it last longer. If you are looking for a long-term investment, vinyl siding does not rank well.
Fiber cement has a higher upfront cost than vinyl siding but when you take its durability into account, it is a better investment. Colorado Siding Repair is a James Hardie Elite Preferred contractor which means we know the product very well. We will install this siding according to all its specifications and meet its demands, every single time.
Another disadvantage of vinyl siding is that the color can fade over time and this siding cannot be repainted. That means you will have to stick with the siding color you originally pick for the entire lifetime of the siding. This factor is rather limiting.
When you take all of this into consideration, vinyl siding may make sense for you, especially when you are looking for the most economical choice. If you are looking for a long-term solution and investment you should consider James Hardie fiber cement.
Of course, if you choose vinyl siding, we will make sure it is installed right. Colorado Siding Repair is a Vinyl Siding Institute Certified Installer with many years of experience. If you pick vinyl siding you may consider insulated vinyl siding to boost the energy efficiency of your home and save on your utility bills.
New vinyl siding looks great and can be matched to the rest of the house to create a complete picture. Vinyl siding definitely is the budget-conscious choice that has its advantages.