Siding is the “face” your home displays to the world. With so many options out there, which one should you choose? The three main deciding factors are climate (including annual rainfall), appearance, and total cost. Vinyl siding is an attractive option for many homeowners in the Lower Mainland because it is durable, cost-effective, and has great curb appeal.
Made of Plastic
Vinyl siding is manufactured from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) resin. A small percentage, typically 25 to 15 percent, of the total composition of exterior vinyl siding determines its characteristics such as durability, colour, impact resistance, and flexibility.
Vinyl Siding and Climate
While it expands and contracts more than other kinds of siding materials as climatic conditions fluctuate from hot to cold, vinyl siding does well in our temperate coastal climate. It is not prone to rot like cedar siding or other types of wood cladding. It is also moisture resistant, reducing the potential for mould/mildew/algae growth.
Vinyl siding possesses medium to high impact resistance, depending on its thickness or gauge. Higher gauges of vinyl siding insulate better, effectively protecting a home from the elements and reducing energy costs.
Easy to Maintain
Vinyl siding is very easy to maintain, often only requiring being cleaned with mild detergent and a soft cloth or soft bristle brush. The ability to withstand high winds and resist heat, damp, and cold, helps vinyl siding look new for many years.