When considering new siding for your home, it can be difficult to know which type best fits your needs. While every option has advantages and disadvantages, vinyl replacement siding remains a top choice for homeowners in the St. Louis region. In this article, Banner Construction answers some frequently asked questions they receive from clients.
1. Why consider vinyl replacement siding?
Vinyl is a durable, low-maintenance material that comes in a variety of colors and styles, making it easy to customize the look of your home. It’s also a wise investment. According to the 2022 Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling Magazine, homeowners can expect to recoup up to 52% of the cost when they sell their homes.
2. How does vinyl compare to other siding materials?
High-quality vinyl siding is one of the most cost-effective and lowest-maintenance siding options available to homeowners. It’s highly durable and can withstand changing weather conditions. Vinyl is also resistant to fading, cracking, and peeling, making it a low-maintenance siding option. Wood siding is more expensive, requires more maintenance, and is susceptible to insect and rot damage. Unlike metal siding options, vinyl won’t rust or corrode.
3. How long does vinyl siding last?
Vinyl can last anywhere from 20 to 40 years. The lifespan of vinyl siding largely depends on the quality of the siding, the climate in which it is installed, and the maintenance it receives. High-quality vinyl siding can last up to 40 years or longer, depending on weather conditions and the maintenance it receives.
4. How easy is it to maintain?
Vinyl siding is durable and designed to last for years with minimal upkeep. Fade and scratch-resistant technology make today’s vinyl siding options even more durable. Vinyl siding is designed to be weather-resistant, so it won’t need to be painted or stained like other types of siding. The only maintenance most homeowners need to do is hose it off when it becomes dirty.
5. What are the color options?
Vinyl comes in a variety of colors to suit any home’s exterior. The most popular color options include white, beige, and gray. However, many other colors are available, including blues, greens, reds, yellows, and black. Depending on the manufacturer, each color family may have dozens of shades. Some manufacturers offer specialty color options, such as wood grain or stone-look finishes.
6. What are the style options?
There are a variety of style options available when it comes to vinyl siding. Vinyl is manufactured to resemble the most popular wood siding styles. Clapboard, wood grain, beaded seam, and cedar shake are just a few styles homeowners can select. One of the most popular style options is clapboard or lap siding. This type of siding is made up of long, rectangular panels that overlap each other. Lap siding complements a wide variety of architectural styles.
7. What are the warranty options?
The warranty options for vinyl replacement siding vary depending on the manufacturer and the product. Generally, most vinyl siding products come with a limited lifetime warranty that covers the material and labor for the product. This type of warranty typically covers the siding against fading, cracking, chipping, and other defects for a specified time period.
8. Is it energy efficient?
Depending on its R-value, vinyl siding may reduce heat and cooling bills when properly installed. To get the most significant energy efficiency from vinyl siding, close attention must be paid to the airtight wrap around the home and the insulation within the walls. Combining your replacement siding with new energy-efficient windows and doors will reduce your energy bills even more.
9. What are the drawbacks?
Vinyl siding can be an attractive and cost-effective way to update a home’s exterior, but there are some drawbacks to consider before making a final decision. Hail, wind, and other extreme weather conditions can damage vinyl siding. Although the appearance of vinyl has improved a great deal, some homeowners prefer the look of natural wood or fiber cement siding.
Consider All of Your Options
Homeowners have many options when it comes to exterior siding. It’s essential to consider the pros and cons of type and choose the one that best suits your budget and style. Home improvement mistakes can be costly. An experienced siding contractor can help you choose among the many options and ensure the installation is done right.
Contact a St. Louis Siding Expert
Banner Construction has been installing James Hardie Fiber Cement and premium vinyl siding on homes throughout the St. Louis area since 1993. We are proud to be a James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor. This distinction is awarded to contractors with specialized training and a proven track record of high-quality workmanship. Hiring us to install your fiber cement siding will ensure that it will last many years, and the warranty will be in effect if you ever need to use it.
We also offer premium vinyl siding from Mastic Home Exteriors. It has a classic wood look and comes in 35 base colors and more than 700 DreamColor® hues to meet all your vinyl siding color choices. Our other vinyl siding selections are by Revere Sovereign Select. This premium vinyl siding combines strength and beauty to create an upscale appearance. It replicates cedar grain and comes in many different color options.
Banner Construction is proud of our outstanding reputation for customer service and excellent workmanship. We have received the Guidemaster Award for Excellence several years in a row. This award is for reliable service and on-time and on-budget performance. Contact us online or call 314-356-9861 to schedule a free consultation.