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When you are building or renovating a home, there are many choices that must be made. What style are you going for? What budget must you remain in? What materials will be used? One of the most important decisions you will need to make is what siding you will use.
Though there are many options when it comes to siding, two common options are composite siding and vinyl siding. They both tend to be very high quality options that can be sourced within a reasonable budget.
But which one should you choose? Which one will suit your building, style, and budget the best? Today we will go over the pros, cons, and other details of both composite siding and vinyl siding.
Composite siding is a fairly common siding used to protect the outside of a variety of buildings, from homes to offices. It is made from scrap wood that is compressed together and bonded with a high quality resin for strength and durability.
Composite siding is available in a wide variety of textures and colors, and can be finished to suit a variety of styles. It often comes primed and ready to paint and finish in whatever way you desire.
Not only is composite siding stylish, it is also incredibly durable and resilient. Composite siding is chemically treated to be resistant to both fungi and insects, two common problems found in structures with more traditional siding options. Due to its composition, it doesn’t expand or rot when exposed to moisture or extreme temperatures.
Composite siding is also an incredibly low maintenance option for the outside of your home. It typically has a lifespan of up to 30 years, as long as it is repainted every 5-10 years to ensure the structure of the siding is protected from the elements.
Because composite siding is made from recycled scrap wood, it has much higher insulation properties than other siding options. This means you could skip the extra insulation layer if you desire, lowering the budget needed for your building project. It is also a more sustainable and eco friendly option than other building materials.
Vinyl siding is arguably the most common siding option in many parts of the world, and is easily accessible for nearly every building project. Vinyl siding is made from a plastic resin that is often known as PVC.
Due to the materials vinyl siding is composed of, it is incredibly resistant to insects and will not rot. It is naturally very fire resistant and doesn’t dent or scratch like metal siding options. Vinyl siding is unusually versatile, being able to be used in nearly every building project.
Vinyl siding is also very easy to maintain. It has a lifespan of up to 40 years with no need to refinish or repaint, though colors can fade slightly with time in the sun. It comes in a wide range of colors, patterns, and textures, meaning it can be adapted to be used for a variety of structures.
There are a few downfalls to vinyl siding. One is that it can be susceptible to expanding and/or cracking in extreme weather conditions. It also has a lower insulation property than composite siding due to its thinner structure.
When using vinyl siding in a building project, it is very important to ensure that all gutter systems are functioning properly and are sufficient to handle the amount of rainfall typical for that area. This is because if any moisture gets in between the vinyl siding and the bones of your structure, rot and mold can begin to grow and weaken the studs of the walls.
Another major factor you will need to consider when deciding between vinyl vs composite siding is the installation process.
Vinyl siding is commonly known as the easiest siding to install on new and existing homes and buildings. Due to its lightweight components, it is very easy to cut and install. Plus, because it does not need to be painted or refinished, it goes up quickly and effortlessly.
It is very important that vinyl siding is installed properly to reduce the amount of cracking or leaking that will be experienced. However, it is typically considered pretty easy to install.
Composite siding on the other hand is a little more labor intensive when it comes to installation. Due to its thicker composition, it is a much heavier material that must be lifted and maneuvered into position.
The edges of composite siding can also be easily damaged if improper care is taken during the installation process, causing the pieces to not fit together properly on the building. However, composite siding installation can also be DIYed if you possess the proper equipment and are fairly handy.
Vinyl and composite sidings both have pros and cons when it comes to the aesthetics that can be achieved with your build. Both come in a variety of styles and colors that allow you to fully customize your home.
Vinyl siding tends to be a more common siding, meaning that it creates a very expected, streamlined appearance to the exterior of your building project. Vinyl siding comes in a variety of colors, styles, and finishes. It is traditionally installed in a horizontal fashion.
Composite sidings tend to provide a little more variety to your build and offer a unique selling point if resale is in your future. They also come in a variety of colors, styles, and finishes and can be installed both horizontally or vertically.
If you are wanting a traditional wood look without the maintenance of a wood exterior, composite sidings may be the way to go, as their imitation wood look tends to be much more accurate than that of vinyl sidings.
Both vinyl and composite sidings are considered very low maintenance siding options by most builders and homeowners, especially when compared to more traditional wood sidings.
Once installed, vinyl siding doesn’t require much maintenance at all. Though it is recommended that you clean your vinyl siding every few months to a year to maintain a beautiful exterior, vinyl siding does not require repainting or refinishing like other popular siding options.
Composite siding does tend to be a little more high maintenance than vinyl siding due to the fact that it may need to be repainted or refinished every five to ten years, depending on the weather and elements it is exposed to on a daily basis. However, it is still considered a very low maintenance siding option.
If you do decide to wash your siding, a simple soap and water mixture with a scrub brush can be used to wash any mildew, dust, or dirt from your structure. A pressure washer is also a great option that is much less labor intensive if you have access to the proper equipment.
Obviously stability should be in the forefront of your mind when you are embarking on any construction project. You want your home to protect your family even in the toughest weather conditions for years and years to come. That’s why it is very important to consider the stability of all of the materials used in your building project, including your siding.
Though adding stability to your structure isn’t the primary role of siding, it is still something you should definitely consider when making a decision between vinyl and composite siding.
Vinyl siding does offer some stability to your structure. However, it tends to expand and contract with the changing of weather and/or extremely wet conditions. It can also melt and warp in extreme heat, whether it comes directly from the sun, from a nearby grill, or light and heat being reflected from a neighbor's windows. Though the changes will likely not be noticeable within the first few years, you will eventually be able to see the warping and twisting that will slowly begin to occur.
Composite siding on the other hand tends to add extra stability to the building it is added to. Its rigid structure is incredibly water resistant and doesn’t expand or contract with changing weather. Because it isn’t composed of plastic, it also won’t melt or warp in extreme heat.
A major factor in any building project and the materials to be used is cost. Likely you won’t have unlimited funds to complete your project and there will be a budget you must remain within.
Though both vinyl and composite sidings are typically considered more budget options, there is a cost difference between them, with composite sidings tending to be more expensive than vinyl sidings.
Vinyl sidings tend to cost between $5-$12 per square foot, though it can get more expensive if you opt for thicker vinyl siding with more insulation properties. Composite siding, on the other hand, can cost anywhere between $10-$30+ per square foot. However, it does also tend to have slightly higher insulation values than vinyl siding.
To determine how much it will cost to add a siding to your building project, you first must find the area that must be covered. This can be done using some basic math computations. First, think through all the exterior walls that must be covered and multiply the length and the height of each wall. Then you must consider any peaks that will be covered with the siding. The equation that will be used to find the area of a more triangular shaped area is length multiplied by height, divided by two.
Once you have found the square footage of each individual area, add it all up to find the total square footage needed to complete your project. Likely, you will come up with a somewhat odd, random number. It is best to round up several square feet to account for any mistakes made in the installation of your siding.
To determine the cost of your project, you will then multiply your total square feet by the price per foot of the siding options you are considering. This number will be the total amount you will need to fork out to pay for siding, before any sales tax or labor is figured in.
It can be hard to make a final decision on which siding option is right for you, as both vinyl and composite sidings have amazing qualities and properties to them. But likely you will determine that one is better for your project than the other.
The first thing to consider is pricing. Composite siding tends to be on the higher end of the spectrum when compared to vinyl siding. However, it does offer higher insulation values, which will save you in the long run. If you are operating on an extremely tight budget, vinyl siding is probably your best option. However, if you have a little room to wiggle, there are a few other things you will need to consider.
Next you will want to consider the aesthetics of your building. Vinyl offers a more traditional, expected exterior to your building project. However, composite siding tends to look a little more modern and high end, especially when done right. If you are looking at resale value, it could also help you there.
Finally, you will need to consider the ongoing maintenance and durability of both options. Vinyl offers the most worry free, set and forget maintenance option. However, if the aesthetics of composite siding are more in line with what you are searching for, it is still a great option that is much lower maintenance than many other sidings on the market today.
No matter which one you decide, you are sure to be thrilled with the outcome!
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