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Vinyl Siding Guide | Prices, Reviews, & Installation

Vinyl siding is known for its ability to imitate natural wood or shake without the heavy maintenance. This siding material comes in a variety of colors and styles to match any home's exterior and your budget.

Vinyl siding product feature

Vinyl is a popular siding material among homeowners seeking the value of premium siding, lots of variety, limited maintenance, and energy efficiency. In fact, over 30% of all exterior cladding on new and existing homes is vinyl. When shopping around you want to look for a quality product and an expert installer - our experts are here to help you with the process.


Reasons to Replace Your Siding

You know it’s time to replace your siding. We’ve talked to thousands of customers and we want to share some of the most common reasons for a siding project. Do any of these sound like your home?

Warped or Rotted Boards: Be your own detective. You may have noticed a softness or squishiness to your siding boards. That means they’re rotted and it’s time to replace them. If your current siding is vinyl, if you notice any warping or sagging (you can see this with a naked eye) you should be concerned.

Frequent Painting: You shouldn’t need to be painting every 3 years. If your paint fades in less time, it means your materials are not up to snuff. You can detect this by looking for chipping, cracking, or peeling of paint.

Heating and Cooling Costs: It’s important to take note of your heating and cooling costs each month. If your costs are abnormal, or rising compared to your neighbors, it may be because your siding products are not energy-efficient due to age or use.

Loose Material: Storm damage can easily do damage to your siding. While one or two boards may not be a reason for panic, large areas that showcase loose or cracked materials are signs that your home is in desperate need of a professional.

Mold, Mildew and Fungus: Mold, mildew and fungus can be a huge indicator that your house is experiencing some form of water seepage. You’ll need to fix that with new siding.

Interior Issues: Loose wallpaper and peeling paint on your interior walls can be a sign that your exterior boards are allowing moisture to penetrate your house.

Fading and Discoloration: Faded and discolored exterior boards may be a cause for concern. While the life expectancy for your home’s exterior should be long-lasting, it will still eventually run its course. Faded boards are an indicator that exterior waterproofing has reached its limits.

Holes: Your two main siding enemies are weather and insects. From burrowing termites to Mother Nature’s punishment, keep an eye out for glaring holes in your siding.


Benefits

It's affordable. The cost savings over wood siding, aluminum siding or any other material are high - in fact it’s almost half of what you’d pay for wood.

It's extremely versatile and low-maintenance. One of the major benefits of vinyl is there’s no need to paint your home, ever again. It resists pesky pets and termites unlike engineered wood siding. It will never rot. A quick wash once per year (to remove mildew and dirt) will keep the siding looking new for a long time. This saves from unexpected home costs and you’ll be getting your money’s worth.

It's more durable than other options. Heavy wind, rain, hail, and extreme sun will not affect the look or integrity of your siding. In many cases, the warranty of this type of siding lasts upwards of 50 years to a lifetime. The chemistry of vinyl siding makes it much harder to ignite and easier to extinguish. Despite claims to the contrary, the smoke is not any more toxic than wood.

This product cuts your heating and cooling bills. Insulated siding prevents heat loss between the studs in exterior walls and keeps your home at the temperature you prefer. As a bonus, installing insulated vinyl may make you eligible for certain tax credits. The innovative locking system many siding products use creates a weather barrier that stands up to even the harshest climates.


Siding Installation

Installation is critical to your project. Siding is most often installed over the wall sheathing after the old siding has been removed, from roof to foundation, and utilizing corner posts. Sometimes, it can be installed directly over the home’s current siding. Either way, the siding needs to be nailed into solid real wood for a strong base.

When siding is removed during a project, it’s a great time to assess your insulation and weatherization needs. Insulation can be blown directly into the wall cavities or over the sheathing.

The entire project takes about one to three weeks, depending on the size of your home. You can choose between vertical and horizontal siding, depending on your home's construction and your personal preferences.


Speak to an expert about your siding project at 888.392.4236 or visit HireHaven.com. Our experts are ready to help you with your project and answer any questions you may have.