Residing your home with vinyl siding is a smart investment. Compared to all other cladding, it has the lowest installed cost (both materials and labor) and unlike other cladding, vinyl siding does not need additional investment over the life of the product. There’s no cost to paint, caulk, or refinish every few years like you have to do with wood, fiber cement, or other prefabricated products. Vinyl siding certified for color retention is warranted to resist fading so the beauty and durability you get on day one will last a lifetime.
In addition to making your house look great, siding has a vital job to perform — protecting your home from the elements. When properly installed, certified vinyl siding can withstand winds of 110 miles per hour. Plus, certified vinyl and other polymeric siding, will never crack, chip, flake, pit peel or fade. And with the most comprehensive warranties of any siding, you know your investment is safe when you build or remodel with America’s number one choice — vinyl siding.
Insulated siding can improve a home’s energy efficiency. Most exterior walls have insulation in between the wall studs, but allow significant energy loss through the studs themselves. Wall studs, both wood and metal, are poor insulators — when they come in contact with the exterior cladding, they allow heat to pass through them (which is called a thermal bridge). Since these studs represent up to 25 percent of the wall surface of an average home, it’s like having an entire exterior wall with no insulation at all.
Home builder, author, and VSI consultant Fernando Pages Ruiz talks about why he thinks vinyl siding is a better choice than fiber cement.