Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is vinyl siding an environmentally friendly building product?

When it comes to sustainability, vinyl siding outperforms brick and many other claddings in almost all performance measures when analyzed using Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) software, a life cycle analysis tool developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. For more information on vinyl siding’s environmental performance, visit our Sustainability page.


2. How does vinyl siding compare to other claddings in terms of cost?

Vinyl siding has the lowest total installed cost (including materials and labor) and the lowest long-term maintenance needs of any exterior cladding that we reviewed.

Vinyl Siding vs. Brick

3. Is there a certification process for vinyl siding manufacturing that protects consumers?

The Vinyl Siding Institute’s Product Certification Program is designed to verify that manufacturers’ products – both vinyl and polypropylene siding – meet or exceed globally recognized ASTM standards in many critical areas, including windload, impact resistance and appearance.

Vinyl Siding vs. Brick

4. Are there options to fit a variety of needs?

There are currently nearly 950 products and almost 350 vinyl siding colors in VSI’s Official List of Certified Products.

Vinyl Siding vs. Brick

5. What steps can I take so that vinyl siding is installed properly on my home?

Whether you're an avid DIYer or a certified pro, we have the knowledge you need to install vinyl siding the right way. VSI also trains and certifies professionals on proper vinyl siding installation techniques. Our certification program helps improve end results to minimize issues and callbacks. And homeowners rely on VSI Certified Installers to complete their projects to the highest industry standard. For a complete guide on installation best practices, refer to our Installation Manual. Be sure to look for a VSI Certified Installer for your project—you can find one here.

6. Can the product meet architectural design specifications?

Yes! Especially for traditional neighborhood design, vinyl and polymeric cladding add resilience without sacrificing specialized design elements. Our architectural design program is a perfect opportunity to learn how architects and builders can combine modern materials and technology with authentic, traditional design.

Architectural Design for Traditional Neighborhoods