Vinyl Siding Options
Vinyl siding remains the most popular choice among homeowners for exterior cladding. For standard vinyl siding, the total installation cost is lower per 100 square feet than any other siding material. The composition of vinyl siding—polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, as it is popularly known—is a manufactured material that resists all but the most extreme temperature changes and moisture, and it is certified to withstand high winds up to 110 mile per hour. Vinyl siding is manufactured in a variety of colors and textures; a home clad in vinyl siding does not need to be painted. However, vinyl siding is not maintenance free. Annual or even semi-annual washing is highly recommended to keep vinyl looking fresh. The Vinyl Siding Institute recommends cleaning with a soft cloth or soft bristle brush on the surface of the vinyl. Power washers can be used, but homeowners are warned to aim them carefully to prevent water from being forced behind the siding. Water that accumulates behind siding can seep past the fasteners that hold the material in place and can cause mildew and rot on the underlying surfaces.
According to the industry, vinyl siding produces few installation scraps, and scraps and off-spec materials can be returned to the manufacturing process, which results in less waste overall.