Vinyl siding is the most common home siding material used in the United States, and is known for its low maintenance requirements, durability, versatility and relatively low cost. A house with well-kept vinyl siding may be appealing to potential home buyers due to these characteristics. According to This Old House, a vinyl exterior has the potential to increase home value, unless the house is surrounded by houses with different siding materials, such as in a historic neighborhood.
Low Maintenance and Durability
Vinyl siding comes in a wide variety of colors and does not require paint. It also requires very little cleaning and maintenance. According to the Vinyl Siding Institute, vinyl siding simply needs to be hosed down and wiped with a clean cloth to maintain an optimal appearance. Vinyl siding is also durable and can withstand extreme weather conditions, moisture, heat and cold.
The Vinyl Siding Institute has certified over 350 colors of vinyl siding for consumers. VSI-certified vinyl siding has been independently tested for color retention and resistance to fading in extreme temperatures. Vinyl siding can be placed horizontally or vertically in a variety of patterns, such as scallops, shingles and fish scales. Vinyl siding is commonly laid in either a traditional lap, with overlapping strips that are similar to wood siding, or a Dutch lap, which has a decorative groove on the top edge of the strip to accentuate the overlap. This versatility allows vinyl siding to be used for a variety of home styles, from contemporary to vintage.
Vinyl is an affordable siding option. According to This Old House, it costs an average of $1.60 per square foot, which is much cheaper than other siding options such as cedar, which can cost around 2.5 times more. According to the Vinyl Siding Institute, vinyl siding costs $186 per 100 square feet, including labor and all materials, as compared to $289 for fiber-cement siding, $421 for stucco, $595 for wood, $957 for brick and $1,726 for stone. Maintenance costs also tend to be minimal.