Vinyl Siding versus Wood siding: Which is better?
Two very common house siding materials that homeowners sometimes having a tough time choosing between is vinyl siding versus wood siding. Wood siding has been around for a long time and is typically the easy choice. However, vinyl has increasingly become more popular in the past few years. Continue reading to find out why more and more homeowners are choosing vinyl siding over wood siding.
While appearance may seem like everything when choosing which material to use as siding on your home, there are a couple more important factors to consider when making the hard decision including energy efficiency and maintenance.
There is no doubt that wood siding is beautiful and natural looking and gives off a traditional vibe to any home. Generally, you can find different styles of wood to fit the overall design of your home. On the other hand, vinyl siding offers the most customization options than any other siding material. Vinyl comes in all different colors and styles to perfectly match the feel of your home. There are even vinyl styles that look like real wood if that is the look you want to go for.
When it comes to energy efficiency in looking at wood siding versus vinyl siding, vinyl takes the lead. Vinyl siding is much more energy efficient than wood since wood is a natural material. Natural materials tend to expand and contract with temperature changes, making it virtually impossible to have a tightly sealed home.
Vinyl siding does not warp with the temperature, making it a good choice for all different seasons. As an added bonus, moisture cannot get into the cracks of the panels so there will be no water damage. There are also options for adding extra insulation between the siding and your home and keeps it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
More insulation means less energy being used and more money in your pocket!
Vinyl takes the lead again against wood for the maintenance factor. Wood siding needs to be treated and painted once installed on your home while vinyl doesn’t require any extra work. You also need to pay attention to the wood siding overtime and get it regularly painted and stained. Over time, this takes a lot of energy, time, and money. With vinyl siding, the only thing you need to clean the exterior of your home is a garden hose or pressure washer and soap.
In the battle of vinyl vs. wood siding, vinyl is clearly the best option when weighing all of the factors. Vinyl siding is low maintenance, durable, customizable, and even less expensive compared to wood.
Smart Construction will not stop working until you are completely satisfied with your new siding, and we will be there to guide you through the entire process of picking out, purchasing and installing your new vinyl siding. If you think you might be due for new siding or a roof replacement, call us for a free inspection (612) 216-1186. We provide services to Apple Valley, Blaine, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Eden Prairie, Edina, Elk River, Forest Lake, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, Maple Grove, Minneapolis and Minnetonka, Minnesota.