If your old aluminum siding is dented, chalky, and worn out, then you may want to replace it with vinyl. Vinyl siding is getting more and more popular because it has advantages over other options like aluminum. Here are some of the benefits of putting new vinyl siding on your home.
Vinyl Doesn't Get Chalky
One of the drawbacks of aluminum siding is that it gets chalky as the metal oxidizes. Vinyl doesn't have this problem. The appearance of vinyl siding doesn't change much at all over its lifetime. The vinyl is treated so it is protected from fading due to the sun and weather. The color may fade slightly over the years, but the siding will keep its good looks. You'll never have to paint it or worry about cleaning off chalky buildup.
Vinyl Doesn't Dent
Vinyl is also very durable. It has some flexibility, so it won't dent if a ball hits the side of your house. It also hides scratches very well. That's because color pigment is added when the vinyl is manufactured. Therefore, the color is solid all the way through, instead of just being a surface layer. So, if the vinyl is scratched, there won't be bare metal underneath to show through. Since the layers inside the scratch are the same color as the top of the vinyl, scratches are practically invisible. Vinyl also tolerates all weather conditions and it isn't damaged by insects. The only danger with vinyl is the potential for warping or cracking if it isn't installed properly. Vinyl expands and contracts as the outdoor temperature changes, so the siding has to be loosely installed. It's best to let an experienced contractor install it rather than attempt to do it yourself so you can avoid those problems.
Vinyl Siding Is Low Maintenance
If you want new siding you can have installed and then forget about, vinyl is an excellent choice. You won't have to do much in the way of maintenance at all. There won't be many repairs needed, and you'll never have to paint. You'll probably want to wash the siding occasionally, depending on how much dirt and pollution are in the air around your home. Washing the siding is easy. You can do it with a hose or power washer.
Even though you never have to paint vinyl siding, you can paint it if you want to change the color scheme of your home. Since vinyl comes in many different colors, you may find a color you'll be happy with for years, but if you ever want to change it, you can use paint designed for vinyl. This makes vinyl a versatile option that lets you put as much effort into maintaining the exterior of your home as you want.
For more information on siding replacement, contact a company like Side-Pro, Inc.