Benefits of Vinyl Siding
Introduced in the 1950s, vinyl siding quickly began to replace aluminum siding as a building exterior product. Vinyl is made from polyvinyl chloride resin (PVC) which acts as a long-lasting barrier against the elements. Aluminum siding may dent more easily than vinyl and is not corrosion resistant like vinyl. Today’s vinyl building products are engineered to be even more durable consisting of a top, or capstock, layer resistant to damaging ultraviolet rays and a bottom, or substrate, layer made with limestone for reinforcement.
Once you choose your style and color of vinyl siding, should you choose to upgrade to insulated vinyl siding? The top preferred reason for installing insulated vinyl is durability. If rocks are thrown from lawn mowers, they will merely bounce off insulated vinyl without leaving holes or dents. Insulated vinyl is also your best protection against hail and golf ball damage.
Other benefits that customers really enjoy with insulated vinyl siding are sound proofing and protection against pests such as insect invasion. The foam insulation used as the backing is not only an insulator against loud noise but is also pre-treated by the manufacturer for pests.
Keep in mind, insulated vinyl siding is a higher cost item. You have to weigh the great benefits against the higher cost and decide if it’s right for your home. Insulated vinyl siding will have a much longer life on your home based on the benefit of impact resistance alone. In this case you spend more money up front for insulated siding but have a much longer life of the product on your home with potentially no repairs in its lifetime.