Isn’t it cheaper to just repaint my home?

Unless you are planning to move within three years the answer is no.  However even if you are planning to move, new vinyl siding will increase the value of your home tremendously. Vinyl siding is especially more cost efficient if you have warped clapboards that have to be replaced or lead-based paint that has to be scraped and sanded off–the cost of painting can become truly staggering. Compare the ongoing costs of painting every three to five years to a one-time investment in new vinyl siding. For most homeowners the conclusion is obvious–vinyl siding is by far the better long-term value.

How do I maintain my vinyl siding?

It's simple. There really is no maintenance, just occasional cleaning. Ordinarily, the cleaning action of a rainfall will be adequate to wash your vinyl siding. However, vinyl siding and soffit should be washed periodically by hosing with a garden hose and clear water, particularly in those areas not exposed directly to rain. If you desire to do a more thorough cleaning, or where high soil collection conditions occur, use a soft-bristled, long-handled washing brush. It attaches to your garden hose and makes washing your siding easier.


What are the different kinds of siding?

Most siding can be broken down into one of 4 specific styles.Horizontal Siding – This is the most common and popular siding for homes.  Horizontal siding uses individual boards (or the appearance of such) which typically overlap each other to protect against wind and rain infiltrating joints in the siding. Horizontal siding is attached to the home by nailing through the sheathing and directly into the studs of the house frame.Vertical Siding - Vertical siding is usually nailed to strips of wood which are attached across the wall studs of the home. This siding may require installing wooden strips over the joints (board and batten) or chalking the joints to ensure there is no leaking.Siding Sheets – Siding sheets are available in several materials but are most commonly plywood (t1-11) or metal used on in-expensive buildings as it is typically the least expensive option available. This siding is also nailed directly to the wall studs of the home.Siding Shingles – Siding shingles are fixed to either the house sheathing or to wooden strips which cross the wall studs of the home. Siding shingles are installed overlapping each other and offsetting different layers. Particular attention must be paid to the installation on outside corners to eliminate water infiltration where one row meets another.