The vinyl siding market is booming, capturing about a third of the market for siding for of new homes. But for some, this is a controversial growth. Many homeowners, siding producers, and construction companies are polarized on the subject of siding, and a lot of information is flying around. The purpose of this article is to talk about the history of vinyl siding, what it’s made out of, why people are fighting over it, and why you would want to use it.
The History of Vinyl Siding
While we’ve been using wood siding since the creation of wood houses, vinyl siding has only existed since the late 1950s as a substitute for aluminum siding, then the major alternative to traditional wood siding. However these early versions of vinyl siding are one of the major reasons off its poor reputation today: these early sidings would bleach in the sunlight, and buckle, crack, and sag in the heat. Recovering from these shortcomings has been a long process, and its dramatically improved performance is what has helped it gain acceptance from both homeowners and contractors.
The Science Behind Vinyl
Vinyl starts out its life as vinyl resin, the result from the mixture of ethylene gas and chlorine. When combined with additives this resin creates the wide array of vinyl products we use: from hard vinyl pipes to supple faux leather. Most vinyl siding has a core of recycle—you guessed it—vinyl with a new “virgin” layer of vinyl on top, specially treated against fading from UV rays and less expansion when exposed to heat. Some vinyl companies offer 100% virgin vinyl siding, though there is an increase in price. Most vinyl siding is extruded through a die, though for elaborate patterning and sharper edges molds are used.
The Benefits of Vinyl Siding
The major benefits of vinyl siding can be broken down into two categories: lower cost and lifespan. Below we’ll break it down even further.
- Cost per foot: Depending on the type you purchase (recycled vs. virgin, die vs. mold) the costs are cheaper than to equal to standard cedar siding.
- Cost for installation: Here is where vinyl really shines. Fast, simple installation and no need to paint.
- Lack of Painting: Vinyl comes dyed to its core, which means there’s no need for paint. Vinyl can fade over time, depending on its composition and treatment.
- Durability: Modern vinyl is durable and capable of withstanding high winds when installed properly. Many brands carry guarantees for the lifetime of their product.
- Sustainably: Vinyl siding is 100% recyclable, able to be remade into another batch of siding or many other vinyl products.
When building a new home or replacing the siding of an existing home, picking the right siding is a big step. Not only does siding protect your home from wind, rain, and debris, but it also defines your house’s appearance. If you have questions about siding, roofing, windows, or home remodeling, let All Weather Tite help.