Considering re-siding your home? It may seem like an epic undertaking, but it can be painless, and well worth your time. Re-siding a home is in the top ten when it comes to overall payback on remodeling projects, so it’s well worth the investment.
Vinyl siding provides several benefits. Here are just a few:
1. Less Likely to Trap Moisture
Vinyl siding may not retain moisture, unlike other siding materials. Since the panels are hung loosely, there is room for air to circulate behind them, and the panels are made with tiny weep holes so that water can escape.
This is important, as you know if you’ve ever had a problem with mold or mildew. Water damage is an insidious problem that can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home.
2. Less Cost and Lower Maintenance Than Wood
Vinyl siding generally comes out on top when compared to wood siding or clapboard. Vinyl and insulated siding consistently deliver some of the highest returns on investment when it comes to remodeling projects. Vinyl takes less time to install than wood does and it also requires less time and money to maintain.
Unlike other exterior siding materials, vinyl siding just needs periodic cleaning. Mild soap and a rinse with water from a garden hose are sufficient. Plus, there are no worries about rotting or splitting and it never needs repainting, caulking, or re-pointing. Based on an average sized home, repainting and staining can cost up to $6,000 every 4 years! Unlike wood, repainting and staining are unnecessary with vinyl siding.
3. Durable and Energy Efficient
Vinyl siding can withstand high winds (up to 240 mph) and resists the weathering effects of heat, cold, and moisture. It will retain its great looks for years to come. Some sidings offer UV protection to protect the color against harsh elements. Additionally, vinyl siding will not crack, peel, flake, or rot.
Insulated vinyl siding also tends to be more energy efficient. Studs in exterior walls can be a major culprit in reducing your home’s energy efficiency. They create “thermal bridging,” which occurs when materials with poor insulating properties come together and allow heat or cold to pass through. Insulated siding covers your home’s studs and works like a blanket, reducing thermal bridging. It acts like a barrier, keeping the heat out during the summer and the warmth in during the winter, which reduces the energy needed for heating and cooling.
4. Evolving Technology
Vinyl is produced from the combination of ethylene gas and chlorine. The reaction between these two substances produces vinyl resin, a fine powder. Melting this powder down and mixing it with various additives, leads to a wide variety of results. Vinyl can be turned into many different things, it can be flexible enough to be clothing or shoes or very rigid.
Over the years, manufacturers have vastly improved the product, making advances in chemistry and design, and contractors have improved installation techniques. These days, about one-third of new homes are built with vinyl siding.
5. Beautiful and Customizable
With vinyl siding, you can achieve nearly any look, from historic to contemporary, due to the wide selection of styles, shapes, and colors available. The versatility of vinyl siding can help you bring nearly any architectural style to life.
Vinyl Siding by Zephyr Thomas
If you’re considering re-siding your home, Zephyr Thomas Home Improvement can fix you right up.
With vinyl siding, correct and careful installation is crucial in ensuring that new siding will last, and will protect your home from the elements. Our company has been installing vinyl siding for decades, and we are aware of the proper installation techniques. We also have chosen to work with siding manufacturers that use the newest and most innovative designs.
Explore our vinyl siding service page for more specific information on the brands we work with, the color palette we offer homeowners, downloadable brochures, and a photo gallery of our past work. If you’re ready to discuss your options, our experts on are here to help. You can stop by our showroom “village” or call us at 717-399-4708 for a free consultation.