3 Best Vinyl Siding Materials

vinyl sidingThere are many options when it comes to choosing siding material for your next project. Some of them are little bit more expansive, some have a better and some require more maintenance. Here are the three we want to compare:

Shake Vinyl Siding

Shake vinyl siding is a relatively new type of siding with an appealing look. Originally vinyl siding was viewed as a cheap alternative to better quality, and more visually pleasing siding. Shake vinyl siding comes in different textures, shapes, and colors to mimic different woods. Home owners will be pleased with the appearance of their shake vinyl siding, and even more pleased with the minimal maintenance it requires. Unlike real Cedar shakes, vinyl shakes do not require repainting or staining.

This type of vinyl siding, generally, will last much longer than the real wood materials without the annual maintenance. It is important for consumers to choose the style of shake vinyl siding carefully. Some styles are not timeless, and tend to become outdated. Pay attention to the look of other houses in your neighborhood, and choose a shake siding that complements the surrounding houses. Otherwise you might find yourself wanting to replace your siding prematurely for a more modern look. Shake vinyl siding is not expensive. It is manageable for the average homeowner to install without professional assistance. Professional installation is a major expense that homeowners should try to avoid.

Seamless Vinyl Siding

Seamless vinyl siding comes in 40 ft. strips unlike the traditional vinyl siding that comes in 12 ft. strips. The traditional 12 ft. strips leave more breaks and seams after installation, which makes the home susceptible to water damage and pest infestation. Seamless vinyl siding limits the risk of weather and pest damages. It is also a thicker material making it more durable. The installation process for seamless vinyl siding is a major improvement to the traditional siding.

Traditional vinyl siding is installed using nails that are only partially imbedded to allow for expansion and contraction. On the other hand, seamless vinyl siding is installed using a floating clip system, which eliminates the visibility of nails poking out every few inches. Seamless vinyl siding gets its name by ending the seams at a window or door; the seams are not visible. Limiting the seams creates better insulation, saving you money on your utility bill.

This siding will never need to be painted. Seamless vinyl siding is more expensive than tradition siding by roughly 10 percent. Professional installation is required in most cases, which adds to the overall costs. The extra cost are likely worth it because seamless vinyl siding will hold up better through the years, giving consumers a better return on their investment.

Solid Core/Insulated Vinyl Siding

Sold Core or Insulated Vinyl siding has the benefit of built-in insulation. The insulation is glued inside each strip. This type of siding is recognized for increasing energy efficiency in homes. Thermal bridging is eliminated with insulated vinyl siding. An example of thermal bridging is studs in a wall; the studs are an interruption in the insulation in the wall.

Studs provide a thermal flow between the inside and the outside of a home, which also is known as thermal bridging. Insulated vinyl siding has no interruptions is insulated material; therefore, thermal bridging is not possible. This type of siding is easy to install and comes in a variety of styles. If you find a style you like this material is a great purchase; it’s energy efficient, durable, long-lasting, and easy to install.

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