If you’re thinking about residing your home this fall, you’ve probably done some preliminary research on the siding options that are out there. According to the Vinyl Siding Institute, vinyl siding is the number one choice for siding material in America today.  Since 1995, more homeowners used vinyl siding on their homes than any other exterior product on the market. However, many Americans remain hesitant to choose vinyl siding due to some long-standing myths about the product. This post is meant to debunk those myths and give you the real truth about vinyl siding.

Myth #1: All vinyl siding looks the same. 

One common misconception is that using vinyl siding on your home will make it look like a cookie-cutter house. Some homeowners are afraid that using vinyl siding will limit their home’s unique qualities causing it to blend in with all of the other houses that have vinyl siding in their neighborhood. According to the Vinyl Siding Institute, there are more than 350 colors available offered as well as a variety of finishes and custom trim options.

Myth #2: Vinyl siding isn’t durable.

The light weight of vinyl siding often causes homeowners to think that it isn’t durable or wont last long. However, vinyl siding is certified to withstand winds of up to 110 mph and can resist heat, cold, and moisture for years. Warranties for vinyl siding can range anywhere from 20-40 years.

Myth #3: Vinyl siding looks fake.

Many homeowners are afraid to commit to vinyl siding because they do not want their home’s exterior to look fake. When vinyl siding was first created, it was made to mimic wood and other similar materials often resulting in the “fake” siding look previously mentioned. Today, however, vinyl siding has come a long way in terms of appearance and design and is nearly indistinguishable from real wood siding.

Myth #4: Vinyl siding is harmful to the environment.

Homeowners today are concerned with how they impact the environment and for good reason. Because of this, some homeowners may stay clear of vinyl siding because they are under the impression that it is not environmentally friendly. However, vinyl siding is one of the most environmentally friendly siding materials on the market. According to a study by the Vinyl Siding Institute, “Brick has nearly five times the environmental impact of vinyl siding and nearly four times the impact of insulated siding. Fiber cement has nearly three times the environmental impact of vinyl siding and more than double the environmental impact of insulated siding.”

Myth #5: Vinyl siding is low quality. 

We offer many siding options such as wood, fiber, metal, and of course vinyl. How do you choose which option is best for you? Vinyl siding is sometimes passed up because homeowners may think it is lower quality compared to other siding options. Not only is vinyl siding great quality, but it also can bring in large returns as well. According to the Remodeling Magazine’s 2013 Cost vs Value Report, homeowners who opted for vinyl siding often saw a 72.9% return on investment.

If you’re looking to into siding your home, contact the experts at Nauman Contracting to go over your options at 570-476-7606