3 Tips on How to Choose Vinyl Siding

House with vinyl siding.

Vinyl siding is one of the most popular siding options out there because of its price point, durability, low-maintenance needs, and the full range of color and style choices it provides.

It’s less expensive than similarly styled products like cedar and aluminum. In addition, vinyl siding is much cheaper than brick or stone. If you bought a home that came with wood siding, you aren’t likely to clad it all in brick.

However, you might be tired of painting it every five years.

Vinyl siding isn’t for everyone. Fellow owners of old homes may criticize you for choosing a plastic product.

If you do own an old home in a neighborhood full of old homes and yours is the only one in vinyl, the value of your house could suffer.

However, vinyl siding has dramatically increased in quality over the years. If you want to get a great look for that lower price point, you need to keep a few things in mind.

Here are three tips on what to look for when considering new vinyl siding for your home.

Be Sure Vinyl Siding is Right for Your House

As mentioned above, vinyl siding may not be right for you if you live in a historic district. Even though it may look comparable to the wood siding on the other homes, house hunters may spot it right away should you need to sell your house in the future.

However, vinyl now comes in period styles like the fish scale pattern you see on old homes. If matching your neighbors on an older home isn’t a concern, perhaps vinyl can still meet your house’s style requirements.

Another common concern is that vinyl has been known to fade, yellow, and buckle in the past. Manufacturers have improved their standards quite a bit since vinyl first came out.

Now, there are additives to prevent bleaching or changing color, and since the color is baked into the product, it will never flake off. Concerns with your vinyl siding buckling can be addressed by properly installing the product.

An additional more urgent concern is how vinyl masks leaking in your walls that wood doesn’t mask.

While it might be a pain to have peeling paint on your wood siding, at least this will alert you to the fact that you have a moisture problem.

Not so with vinyl. If you are replacing wood with vinyl, make sure you have a thorough inspection and address any issues with your roof before moving forward.

Choose High-Quality Vinyl Siding

Vinyl comes textured, smooth, horizontal, vertical, fish scale, and in many widths.

One typical finish is a realistic wood grain with a matte finish that mimics rough wood boards. You can find panels that are 8 inches wide, and panels that are made to mimic 3-inch courses or 5-inch courses of siding.

To get a high-quality product, you need to find panels that are up to .045 inches thick, although the minimum standard is only .035 inches.

Anti-weathering protection is a significant factor in the longevity of your siding. Each company has its own ingredient. Be sure to ask about this.

Another issue is what kind of warranty comes with the siding. Be sure to read the fine print. Prorated warranties or warranties that pay less the older the product is are less valuable than full, lifetime warranties. Some companies will only pay to recoat the product rather than replace it.

Choose the Right Contractor

If the top vinyl siding manufacturers offer products that are similar in quality, choosing a contractor who will install it correctly is another story.

The right company will have a lot of experience with correct installation. We know, for instance, that vinyl siding tends to shift with changing temperatures. That is why we have installation techniques to work around this and make sure your siding doesn’t buckle once it’s applied to your house.

Bringing it Home

Vinyl siding can make a positive difference to the look and feel of your house if you need an update or just a new look. Make sure you know what you are choosing:

  • That it is a high-quality product.
  • That you choose the right contractor for the job.

If your home is located in Southeast Michigan, please give us a call. We would be honored to help with the installation of your home’s new siding.

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