Vinyl, Insulated, or Wood? What Siding Works Best for Your Home


The siding on your home helps protect the interior from the elements and gives your home a distinctive appearance. There are several types of siding for homes, so it’s important to consider the pros and cons of each one before making a decision. Some types of siding are a better investment than others, which pays off when you sell your home.

These are a few of the most common siding choices:

  • Vinyl. Vinyl is a very cost-effective type of siding. It’s also known for being durable, although it can develop cracks or fade over time. It doesn’t offer as many color or style options as other kinds of siding. Vinyl siding only needs to be washed once a year, making it fairly easy to maintain.
  • Insulated siding. This type of siding combines vinyl with insulation that helps keep heat out of the house in summer and inside it during winter. It also has a more streamlined appearance, since it is flatter than traditional vinyl siding. Insulated siding helps reduce noise from outside and only needs an annual cleaning with soapy water. The only drawback to this type of siding is that it costs more than vinyl siding.
  • Wood. Wood siding looks beautiful, but it has quite a few disadvantages. It can develop problems due to moisture, and it can become infested with insects. It also requires regular maintenance to keep it weatherproofed. Engineered wood is a wood siding option that does take care of some of these drawbacks. For example, it isn’t as prone to insect damage.

When you compare different types of siding for homes, consider what looks best and what will hold up for years, as well as what fits your budget.

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