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Question DetailsAsked on 4/5/2013

whats the best vinyl siding

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None of it. Let me explain because there are many reasons I have this opinion. If you ever have to do a future repair or remodel on your home that affects the siding you will be screwed. Even if you know the name of the manufacturer, the color code, etc. they change them regularly and you almost certainly will not get an exact match. In addition, even if you are one of the lucky few that can get a match the color will still be slightly off due to manufacturing variations and sun bleaching of the existing siding. Even with the UV coatings the siding still fades and many customers are surprised when we pull a piece off to show them. Vinyl siding is commonly installed with thin metal on the trim and facia. This stuff dents very easily and is rarely reuseable if you have to replace a window or door. Again, getting a match is not going to happen and the cost to have an installer go to your home with a metal break to install a few pieces is going to add cost to an otherwise simple repair. The average contractor does not usually have the breaks and rolls to make the new trim covers so that is usually hired out to a specialty contractor. Let's say you never remodel or repair the exterior of your home for some reason but the lawnmower kicks up a rock or golf ball and puts a hole in the siding (it happens often). You still have the problem of finiding a match or at least as close to one as you can.

The good points of vinyl:

You don't have to paint it but do have to recaulk around windows and doors and wash it from time to time. If installed properly it will last many years. Most rot damage found behind it when we do remodeling is not because of the siding but because of the installation. That's about all I can think of on the good side.

My recommendation is to have a fiber cement siding installed with a proper backer (most common is 7/16" osb with a vapor barrier) and use a good quality paint on it. It will have to be repaited in the future and caulking will have to be checked regulary like with any other siding but it is popular enough that you will always be able to get a lap siding to match for repairs or remodeling. Vinyl is getting more scarce around our area with only a handful of suppliers stocking it due to the lack of use. It's very difficult and time consuming from a contractor's perspective to mess with a remodel that has vinyl for that reason.

Todd Shell

Todd's Home Services

San Antonio, TX

Answered 7 years ago by Todd's Home Services


Properly Installed vinyl siding will last a long time not needing paint. Easy to clean and maintain. The discolor will be with in anything on your home. Stained painted cedar, hardi board etc. There is very good vinyl out there with better warranties than wood of Hardi board. most of the time you can remove and reinstall the vinyl without damage easier than with other Products, And if its a big job on a certain area you can just replace the whole area (wall) with new, and not have to hire a painter. Crane makes a good insulated siding Polar wall is good also. Do some home work and read warranty's you will see most cement board warranty's are not worth much.

Answered 6 years ago by Guest_901562548

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