Benefits of Vinyl Siding

As a siding material, vinyl siding is relatively new. Introduced in the late 1950’s as a substitute for aluminum siding, vinyl got a bad reputation when it cracked, faded, buckled and sagged.


Since then, there have been many changes to the chemistry and installation techniques of vinyl. These changes have improved its performance and furthered its acceptance by builders and homeowners.


So what are the benefits of it? Well for one, its cheaper than red cedar or redwood and takes less time to install. A mid grade vinyl costs about $1.60 per square foot to install, but that’s not including the trim pieces. Vinyl also goes up faster than red cedar and redwood, and doesn’t require any painting afterwards.


But the real win for putting plastic siding on your home is the reduced maintenance. No need to spend your time on the siding of your house, when you can be out enjoying the summer weather.


Wondering what vinyl is chemically? Well its a polymer, a chemical mix up between ethylene gas and chlorine, which would produce a fine white powder called vinyl resin. Once melted and mixed with additives, the result can be either rigid as pipe, or durable enough to survive heavy foot traffic on a kitchen floor.


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