Pros And Cons Of Vinyl Siding

Posted on: 8 March 2023

Vinyl siding was the second most popular siding option for new single-family home construction in 2021 at 24%. What makes vinyl so popular, and is it a good option for your home? Learn more about the different benefits of residential vinyl siding. 

No Painting Necessary

Vinyl siding doesn't require paint. Color is added to the vinyl during the manufacturing process, with the color seeping all the way through the entire material. Vinyl will never get chipped since there are no paint layers to chip off. It also won't fade away after hours absorbing the sun's UV rays. Vinyl not only comes in various different colors but also in different textures and patterns. Vinyl can even mimic wood and other natural materials that cost significantly more. 

Easy Installation 

Vinyl siding is the easiest siding to install. The siding is lightweight, so laborers can move and place the siding easily. Vinyl siding even includes predrilled holes to make it easy for laborers to secure the siding in the right places. Since the installation is so easy, it costs significantly less. Still, it's important to get professional installation as improper installation can lead to unnecessary water damage or premature siding repairs. In the case of improper installation, the homeowners will take on all responsibility for the repairs, even if the siding comes with a warranty. 


The average cost to install vinyl siding is $11,000. Cost varies greatly depending on the quality and design of the vinyl and how much is used. 

You can find vinyl with a wide range of different thicknesses ranging from thin builder's grade vinyl to thick premium grade vinyl. The thicker the vinyl, the stronger the material. However, thicker vinyl will also cost more. 

The average cost for different designs is as follows:

  • Traditional lap: $2-$6
  • Smooth: $2-$6
  • Beaded: $2-$6
  • Dutch lap: $2-$6
  • Clapboard: $2-$6
  • Board and batten: $3.50-$9
  • Vinyl shake: $3.50-$9
  • Scalloped: $4-$9
  • Log-look: $5-$10
  • Brick-look: $5-$10
  • Stone-look: $5-$10

Low Maintenance 

Vinyl siding is extremely easy to clean. The material is slick, so most debris slides off easily with the help of a hose. When washing vinyl siding, start with low water pressure then gradually increase it as necessary. Dark colors hide stains better than light colors. 

Vinyl siding will last many years, even without a strict maintenance routine. 

Homeowners have a lot of options when it comes to siding materials. There's a reason why 24% of new construction projects choose vinyl siding. It might just be the material for your home, too. 

Reach out to a company like Kelly's Construction Inc to learn more about vinyl siding installation.


What's In a Contract?

Those who build things and repair things for a living are often referred to as contractors. This may seem like an odd term, but it traces back to the fact that these folks work on a contract-by-contract basis. First, they may work under a contract associated with your home. Then, they may take on another client under a new contract. Plumbers, HVAC repair teams, builders, painters — they are all contractors in some way. Construction workers are also contractors. We encourage you to read and learn more about their professions and what they involve here on this blog, where we'll post often.

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