Vinyl siding 101: all you need to know

Choosing the right siding for your home is just as an important decision as it is to maintain and care for your siding. Not only is choosing the right siding an investment, but proper siding is also what protects the exterior of your home. Of all the siding options available, vinyl siding is one of the most popular choices, and for good reasons. It’s commonly known to be affordable, durable and customizable, but there is also more to know about this siding.

Sitruc Services in Edmonton are a professional exterior finishing company. They provide all the explanation you need to understand exactly what vinyl siding is and its benefits:

Installation and benefits

Vinyl siding is one of the least expensive siding options, which is partly what makes it so instantly popular. It is also lightweight and quick and easy to install, making installation and labour expenses less expensive. Vinyl is designed with an interlocking system, meaning that it can be attached over virtually any service. In addition, the hanging system allows the siding to expand or contract with any temperature changes.

There is also the option to install vinyl siding with insulation, which will boost its energy efficiency level. This means that you save more money on heating in the winter, and cooling in the summer. It can also help block noises, thanks to the extra insulation, keeping your house both cool and quiet.

Maintenance and appearance

When it comes to maintenance for vinyl, another major appeal is that it will virtually require none. As long as it has been properly installed, the siding can easily last for 30 to 40 years. Only basic upkeep will be needed, such as annual washing and possible repainting every 5-10 years if it looks faded. Vinyl siding also does not attract termites or pests, so no special coating is required to prevent them. Read more about how to clean your vinyl siding.

Appearance-wise, vinyl siding has been made to resemble natural wood, however, it can easily be customized to look otherwise or be painted any colour. The benefit of its wood imitation though, is you get the look of wood, without the maintenance or expense. Vinyl also has three primary appearance styles, each of which can change the look or curb appeal of your home. These include vertical, horizontal, or shingle. Vinyl also comes in three levels of thickness, which can determine the lifespan of the siding. The thicker the level, the more expensive it will be, but it will also be more durable and have a longer lifespan.

Cons to consider

Like any siding option, there are also some cons of vinyl siding to consider. Correctly installed vinyl siding is water-resistant, but not waterproof. Meaning, if you have improperly installed siding, there is a risk of water damage and mold. If damage does occur to the siding, it cannot be fixed with patchwork replacement. The entire siding has to be removed and a new section then installed. As well, vinyl can be at risk of cracking under extreme cold spells or melting under intense heat.

Good or bad factors are important to consider, especially when picking new siding such as vinyl. That being said, new siding will recoup as much as 75% of the cost, so if vinyl siding is the right fit for your home, you won’t go wrong.

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Sitruc Services strive to provide excellent services both for their customers and for their customers’ homes. Whether it’s an exterior finish, repairs or installing new siding, they are the ones to call to handle your exterior home needs.

Contact Sitruc Services today for all your siding needs!

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