When vinyl siding first hit the marketplace in the 1960s, it was an attractive alternative to aluminum siding, which was prone to dents and dings. It boasted low-maintenance, came in a variety of prefinished colors and was reasonably priced, making it a popular choice for lower-end homes. Over the next twenty years, manufacturers began offering vinyl siding in a broader range of styles and colors, making it more appealing for ALL types of homes. Today, vinyl siding is the most popular house siding, and more often than not, home restoration professionals like AmeriPro Roofing replace outdated aluminum or metal siding with new vinyl siding instead. According to data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC), 27% of new homes started in 2017 used vinyl siding, making it the top choice for exterior wall material, closely followed by stucco at 25%.
When vinyl siding first came out, it was prone to cracking and warping. Engineering advancements in the 1970s improved the product dramatically, making it waterproof, insect-proof, fade-resistant, and, under normal conditions, pretty much indestructible. Vinyl siding is heated polyvinyl chloride (PVC) that goes through a color-infusion blending process, which stops the color from flaking or chipping off. The bonded mixture is then extruded through a die or poured into sheets using a mold, which is then embossed, giving it texture and patterning.
Vinyl siding requires skilled installation. Having the right tools and expertise is paramount to ensuring your siding lasts a long time. Even the most expensive vinyl siding can be susceptible to moisture penetration, leading to buckling and warping if it doesn’t get installed correctly. Professional installation by the experts at AmeriPro Roofing guarantees all necessary steps get taken to avoid installation oversights. With AmeriPro Roofing’s knowledgeable siding professionals, your vinyl siding installation will add instant curb appeal and last for many decades!
Vinyl Siding Pros
- Extremely versatile – available in many different colors, shades, and textures, making it suitable for almost any style of home
- Very durable – resists rot, doesn’t rust, warp or corrode, not susceptible to pests such as termites, is fade-resistant, scratch-resistant, and holds its color for a long time.
- Affordable solution – vinyl siding costs range from $2 – $8 per sq. Ft.
- Quick and easy to install, minimizing labor costs and interruption for the homeowner
- Easy to make localized repairs without having to do a complete siding replacement
- Good insulator – your house will feel cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter
Vinyl Siding Cons
- Vinyl siding will eventually fade, but usually only slightly. Adding a coat of a latex exterior paint, which flexes in keeping with the expansion and contraction of the siding, can keep the color vibrant.
- For colder climates, other types of siding would provide better insulation
While AmeriPro Roofing specializes in vinyl siding, we have provided details of other types of siding below, with pros and cons for each. You’ll see how well vinyl siding stacks up against all the rest.
Aluminum siding is generally in decline as an exterior house siding material, being replaced by vinyl siding and fiber-cement siding instead, although still a popular choice for specific types of installations. Aluminum siding popular in the 70s installed originally on many affordable homes throughout the 1970s, aluminum siding comes in several gauges
Aluminum Siding Pros
- Affordable, lightweight and durable lasting over 40 years if properly maintained
- Rust-resistant, fireproof, waterproof and not susceptible to termites
- Recyclable and paintable
Aluminum Siding Cons
- Aluminum siding considered outdated with many other siding options now available
- Temperature changes can cause the aluminum siding to expand and contract to produce popping sounds
- Reverberations from high winds, rain or hail can be louder with aluminum siding
- As a soft metal, aluminum siding is susceptible to dents and dings
- Can fade over time with prolonged exposure to natural elements
Brick siding is when a full layer of the brick gets placed around the walls of a house. Thin brick is also used for house siding, although it is not as durable as a standard brick. Brick siding usually lasts the lifetime of the building with very little maintenance.
Brick Siding Pros
- Durable with the ability to withstand harsh weather elements and requires little maintenance
- Fire-resistant, termites and other animals cannot penetrate it
Brick Siding Cons
- One of the more expensive house siding options – the average cost per sq. Ft. for brick siding is $12.00 to $21.00 installed
- Requires professional siding installation or it can suffer from moisture penetration
METAL (STEEL) SIDING
Metal siding is a popular alternative to wood, vinyl, and other siding materials in situations where durability is a top priority. Steel siding has similar benefits to aluminum but is more durable, heavier, and more resistant to denting than aluminum.
Pros of Steel Siding
- Strong and durable, resistant to termites
- Easy to maintain—hosing down once per year should do the trick
- Can last over 40 years or more with only essential maintenance
Cons of Steel Siding
- Fades over time and color can become chalky
- Steel siding can rust if the finish gets scratched or it remains unpainted for too long
- Prone to denting (although not as much as aluminum siding)
- Requires professional installation, using specialized equipment for cutting and attaching the siding
- Due to its weight, steel siding can take longer to install, which increases labor costs
FIBER CEMENT SIDING
Fiber cement siding is made from a combination of substances such as wood fiber, sand, clay, and cement and is available in a wide range of colors, including some textures like brick or stone.
Cement-Fiber Siding Pros
- Very durable – fire resistant and resilient to insects, fungus, and UV damage
- Easily molded into a variety of shapes, including classic wood siding styles, brick or stone
- Considered environmentally neutral
Fiber-Cement Siding Cons
- Fiber cement siding installation is a highly skilled process requiring professional installation
- The cost to install fiber cement siding is up to 3 times higher compared to vinyl siding
- Not available to order directly from the manufacturer
- It will require repainting at some point during its lifetime
- It doesn’t offer very much insulation
- Quality control on the planks can be an issue
ENGINEERED WOOD SIDING
If you love the classic look of wood siding but want to avoid the high maintenance, then engineered wood siding is a good alternative. It’s less costly than wood siding and simpler to install. Made by pressing treated wood flakes together under high heat and pressure, giving it a continuous grain pattern on the surface that resembles the look of solid wood, engineered wood is available in several popular siding styles, including lap, pane