A Brief Guide to Vinyl Siding

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Vinyl siding, initially introduced in the 1960s, was once thought of as a less pleasing alternative to stone, brick, and even wooden siding. The first few iterations of vinyl siding tended to split and warp, meaning there was a lot of maintenance involved. After about a decade, though, manufacturers in the 1970s started to get the hang of vinyl siding and it dramatically improved.

In today’s world, vinyl siding is one of the most popular materials for covering houses. If you’ve been thinking about re-siding your home in the near future, the information in the rest of this guide will help you figure out if the vinyl siding is, in fact, the best choice for you. It’s worth noting that almost everyone who chooses vinyl siding is happy with the outcome!
The price point is right.

The overall cost of vinyl siding is one of it’s most attractive features. Compared to other materials, such as stone and wood paneling, vinyl siding is extremely affordable. Even those who are on relatively tight renovation budgets can usually afford standard vinyl siding styles. Of course, as with anything else, the more money you have to spend, the more features you can obtain. Some new vinyl siding styles have wood grain and other textures to add to their visual appeal.

  • It is simple to install.

Although the installation of vinyl siding can take some time, it is a fairly easy process. One of the main perks of this kind of siding is that it can be installed over just about any material. If, for example, your house is currently covered in brick, it probably won’t need to be taken down. Instead, your contractor can simply attach the new vinyl siding over the original exterior wall.

It bears noting, for our prospective clients who live in warm climates like Charleston, SC, that some vinyl siding can still warp in extremely hot temperatures. To combat this, some siding manufacturers have developed polypropylene siding that is quite similar to vinyl but better withstands heat.

  • There is virtually no maintenance.

Vinyl siding, unlike its wood counterpart, is almost free of maintenance. Short of occasionally wiping down siding that is particularly dirty or power-washing your entire house, you don’t need to do anything to keep your siding in good shape. Most vinyl siding includes a 25 to 30-year warranty. You should, however, check with your contractor to find out what your specific siding manufacturer offers to buyers.

  • It works on any home style.

Vinyl siding is quite versatile, especially nowadays. Whether you’re going for an ultra-modern look, a traditional look, or even a historic look, there’s siding on the market that will work for you. Some modern vinyl siding options also look like shingles or old-fashioned wood siding, but without the difficult upkeep.

Hatch Homes has been installing beautiful siding across the Carolinas for years. We look forward to helping you and your family feel proud of your home by making it look better than it ever has. If you need help selecting a color or a brand of vinyl siding, we’re here for you. Call us today to schedule a time to get a quote from one of our skilled experts.

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