It may happen one day when you're out working in the yard. You'll take a good look at your home's exterior and realize that something needs to be done. The paint job is wearing thin and it's time to give the outside of your home a new look. After all, your home's exterior is the first thing people see. How about considering siding? And better yet, vinyl siding?
By Miriam Kasdan
December 31, 1969
There are many advantages to vinyl siding, including:
- Dramatically improving the look of your home
- Adding value to your home, making it easier to sell when the time comes
- Improving insulation for warmer winters and cooler summers
- Offering resistance to harsh weather
- Protecting your home from moisture, air pollution, excessive heat and cold, sunlight, and acid rain.
Other advantages of vinyl for home siding include its durability, resistance to fire, and protection against harsh weather conditions, such as heat, snow, and hail. You might be interested in knowing that Habitat for Humanity International chooses vinyl siding for all its home construction coast to coast.
Vinyl comes in dozens of colors, and its architectural detailing can mimic the look and design of wood. Vinyl siding needs only an annual washing to keep its fresh appearance. To avoid hidden decay, however, remember to recaulk joints between the vinyl siding and adjacent trim. For more protection, install additional insulation inside the walls.
Talk to a realtor and contractor
before making any final decisions about your home's exterior. In homes built before 1940, vinyl siding many not work with the architecture. A professional can help you decide what works best for your home and neighborhood.
About the Author
Miriam Kasdan has been writing and editing marketing and technical materials for almost 20 years and specializes in home improvement features. Miriam earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.
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