Choosing new exterior siding for your home or business can be an exciting task, but with so many things to consider, it can also be a daunting choice. One of the most important decisions you will make is what material you would like to use for the exterior siding of your building. Currently, vinyl siding is the most popular exterior siding, and there are some very good reasons for its popularity.
Vinyl siding is made out of plastic. It is thick, which makes it more durable. It is also a solid colour throughout, which means that if it is scratched, the colour will not change. One disadvantage is that it does not take paint well, which means you can’t change the colour easily. Vinyl is also fairly brittle, especially in the cold winter months, and it expands and contracts more than other types of siding. One of the main reasons vinyl is so popular is because of the price. It is one of the cheapest options for exterior siding.
Before vinyl siding was developed, aluminum siding was much more popular than it is currently. Aluminum siding is thinner and has a baked on enamel paint to colour it. Because it is painted, it will show scratches. However, it can be repainted. Aluminum is also less likely to expand or contract when the temperature changes. Aluminum is still very popular for trim pieces because it can be bent into shape. Vinyl trim pieces cannot be bent and have to be molded into shape.
Don’t be afraid to take your time when choosing new exterior siding. If you need help with this process as well as the installation, we’re always ready and waiting to help.