Benefits of Using Vinyl Cladding for Your Home
Vinyl siding is one of the most popular materials homeowners use on their houses and unsurprisingly so since it offers so many benefits. In 2012 alone, 33% of new homes used vinyl siding as their exterior cladding. And those numbers are expected to grow in the years to come as vinyl siding continues to be the leading material used in exterior cladding.
1. Wide selection
Vinyl siding comes in so many profiles, colours, and textures. There are even ones that can imitate the look of other types of cladding including wood and slate. Most homeowners will opt to use vinyl siding if they want to change the appearance of their home without the needed fuss.
The material vinyl siding is made of complies with the National Fire Protection Association’s requirements for electrical insulation and cable data transmission.
Vinyl siding costs less to install compared to any other type of exterior cladding. Homeowners also report installing vinyl siding as one of the best home improvement projects that help increase a home’s value. Some vinyl sidings also come with a pre-installed solid foam insulation baking which helps cut your heating and cooling energy costs.
4. Environmentally friendly
60% of vinyl siding is made out of chlorine which is made from salt making it a sustainable and cost effective option. It’s energy efficient with its ability to reduce thermal bridging and outperforms all life cycle stages for environmental and economic performance.
It takes lesser energy to produce and transport compared to other heavier materials like brick and mortar. It also emits lower levels of toxic chemicals like mercury and silver compared to other types of exterior cladding.
Last year saw 1 billion pounds of vinyl being recycled. Manufacturing vinyl takes less time and almost no waste is generated since scrap vinyl can also be recycled during the manufacturing process again.
6. Landfill avoidance
Vinyl makes up 0.06% of landfill waste since they are highly resistant to corrosive conditions you see in landfills. The material is even used to make landfill liners and caps because of its durability.
It’s not uncommon for vinyl siding manufacturers to offer a lifetime warranty for their products. This is clearly a good sign that they are confident of its durability. The material can withstand strong winds, heat, cold, and moisture all while maintaining its appearance.
Each panel of vinyl siding is light, tough, and flexible which means it moves with a building making it the best choice for areas that are prone to earthquakes and cyclones.
8. Easy to install
The accessibility and lightweight nature of vinyl siding makes it easy to install on your home. It requires little to no extra materials or finish and can be installed over existing materials. It requires the least labour compared to other exterior cladding materials. You can install it with the help of a qualified professional or you can do it yourself using the manufacturer’s instructions.
9. Easy to maintain
Vinyl siding is less likely to rot, crack, or get infested compared to other types of cladding. It doesn’t require repainting and only needs to be cleaned annually using a mixture of mild soap and water.
To get the most benefits out of your vinyl siding, make sure to have it installed by qualified professionals. Most vinyl siding manufacturers are more than happy to include installation as part of their service.
Can you think of other benefits to using vinyl siding as your home’s exterior cladding? Let us know in the comments.