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We install other types of siding. Many types of
siding are available today, including wood, vinyl, aluminum, steel, masonry,
brick, and stucco.
The material that covers the outside walls of your
house, siding, is critical to your home's structure, appearance, and weather
tightness. Though all are subject to wear over time, newer manufactured
sidings have been engineered to require less maintenance than traditional wood.
Like most people, you may not typically give siding much thought, but siding,
along with roofing, is one of the most important components protecting your home
from the elements. Siding also plays a major factor in the overall appearance of
your home, which in turn affects its value.
siding is the most popular type of siding in the U.S- accounting for
approximately 50% of all siding and growing. The reasons for vinyl's popularity
are mainly price, low maintenance requirements, and product improvements that
have made vinyl a more attractive option, both literally and figuratively.
No siding is 100% maintenance-free- Vinyl
siding is the least expensive siding to have installed. And it doesn't need to
be painted. Both very attractive selling features. However, it does need to be
cleaned regularly. Over time, vinyl oxidizes, leaving a chalky residue that
makes your house look dull. So don't believe the common misconception that vinyl
siding is 100 percent maintenance-free. It doesn't rot or peel, or need to be
painted, so vinyl requires a lot less maintenance that other types of siding,
but no siding is truly maintenance-free.
Shorter product life reduces cost-effectiveness-
As for the cost savings, although vinyl is relatively inexpensive initially, and
you save money on paint and painting, it has a lower life expectancy than some
of the other types of siding. You can expect to get 25 to 50 years out of vinyl
siding, which may or may not affect your purchasing decision, as you may be long
gone by then.