Vinyl Siding: A Primer

Countless homeowners in areas all across the country have made the decision to refinish their homes with vinyl siding. Pros and cons may differ for each consumer, but whether you're looking to improve resale value, eliminate repainting, or spruce up the curb view of your house, vinyl siding has something to offer.

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Vinyl Siding Pros and Cons: Maintenance

Wood siding requires a great deal of care to maintain, especially if you want to keep your home looking like new. Vinyl siding, on the other hand, never requires painting and runs no risk of damage from boring insects. If your vinyl siding becomes dirty, a good wipe-down is all it takes to have it sparkling again.

A caveat, however, is that moisture may find its way under the vinyl siding panels and potentially cause mold and mildew to grow. This is not a likely event, since water would have to come sideways or up from the ground to work its way between the siding panel and the house wall, but it is good to keep in mind.

Vinyl Siding Pros and Cons: Cost

Experts report that homeowners recoup between 65 and 84 percent of the cost of new vinyl siding in terms of home resale value, depending on the region of the country. What's more, vinyl siding is characteristically easier on the wallet than fiber cement panel siding, its more modern paint-free alternative.

Be warned, though. Vinyl siding does come at a few different price points, and the most affordable one is also likely to be the most prone to mishaps. Cheap vinyl siding can become brittle in colder temperatures and crack under impact, as well as suffer damages in heavy weather. Go with the best quality siding you can afford.

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