iStock_000013735045SmallHomeowners have a variety of options to choose from when they decide which type of siding is best for their homes. Vinyl siding and wood siding are two of the most popular types of siding. Both types have certain advantages and disadvantages, so assess your needs first, and then choose the type that best aligns with your goals. A homeowner may choose a type of siding because of cost, aesthetics, insulation, maintenance required, etc. The following article will discuss the differences between vinyl siding and wood siding to help you decide which type, if any, is right for you.

Maintenance

Vinyl Siding is much easier to maintain than wood siding, by far. Unlike wood siding, you will never have to paint vinyl siding and it can be easily cleaned with some soap and warm water. Vinyl siding does not rot or become discolored, and it is made durable enough to withstand extreme weather conditions. Occasionally, homeowners may need to replace panels or repair tears in vinyl siding, which is a very inexpensive and easy fix.

Wood siding is particularly susceptible to insects and can be easily damaged from the outside elements. Vinyl siding is manufactured to withstand the harsh weather conditions and can often last up to 25 years or more. Wood siding will need to be repainted frequently to maintain its original look. Wood siding can also be problematic depending on the temperature outside, as wood will expand and contract. These fluctuations may cause the paint to chip or crack leaving homeowners to tackle a hefty paint job.

Appearance

Some homeowners pay extra for wood siding because they enjoy the appearance and character of wood siding. However, there is no need to pay more and commit to constant maintenance. Vinyl siding comes in numerous different colors, which can surely satisfy the needs of any homeowner. Manufacturers like CertainTeed also have shakes and textures available that can mimic the appearance of wood siding without any additional upkeep and cost. The variation of different styles makes it convenient to fit any home's architectural theme. Some of the different styles include lap, beaded, board and batten, shakes, shingles scallops, fish scales, half clove, hexagon and more.

Cost

Two things must be considered, when it comes to the cost of siding a home. The first is cost of material and the second is the cost of labor. The cost of premium vinyl siding is surprisingly about half of the cost of premium wood siding, according to leading siding manufacturer, CertainTeed. They also note that the price of wood siding has been steadily increasing while the cost of vinyl siding has remained consistent. Vinyl siding also has the advantage in terms of labor costs. There is no need for priming or back priming, and even more importantly there is no need for painting.

Conclusion

iStock_000001207631SmallWhen it comes to adding siding to your home, you want to make sure that you have all the facts before making a decision. While there are a variety of options to choose from, vinyl siding is the number one material used in the United States because of its cost efficiency, low maintenance, beautiful appearance, and customization options. If you are looking for siding that is low maintenance, high in quality and value, vinyl siding is the clear choice.

Your central ct contractors, Fiderio & Sons, offers a wide range of vinyl siding colors, shapes, and styles to give your home the makeover it deserves. The possibilities are endless when it comes to customizing your home's vinyl siding, and at Fiderio & Sons, we are here to help you bring your vision to life. Please call us at 203-237-0350 for a free consultation today.