How to Choose Vinyl Siding for Your Home

When you're ready to build or remodel the exterior of your home, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of siding options available. Natural materials – including wood clapboard, cedar shingles, brick, stone and stucco – have been used for centuries, and each creates a unique architectural expression. However, natural materials can be expensive to obtain and time consuming to maintain, leading many to consider synthetic alternatives like vinyl.


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    Consider the climate and geographic location. Will your siding need to withstand extreme heat or cold, high winds, frequent storms or hail? If yes, you’ll need windload-tested, anti-weathering vinyl siding that will endure harsh elements. Insulated siding – also referred to as siding with foam – may be a best-odds option. Made with rigid EPS foam laminated to the back of its panels, resilient foam siding - is energy efficient, resists impacts, as well as mold and mildew, will not fade, warp, dent or crack, and eliminates the empty space behind traditional vinyl siding, making blow-offs less likely.
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    Consider the architecture of your home, as well as your personal taste, when choosing best type of vinyl siding. While it looks good on conventional and contemporary homes alike, the board n’ batten vertical vinyl siding hearkens back to 19th century structures constructed with alternating wide boards and narrow wooden strips, called battens. Horizontal board n’ batten siding offers fresh yet practical styling. Cedar vinyl siding – available in wood-grain, rough-cut shakes or scalloped rounds – imbues a house with a Victorian or coastal New England feel. When combined with each other or a different type of vinyl siding, cedar can create a dramatic effect that leans toward rustic charm or ageless elegance. Wood-grain vinyl siding – including wood bark woodgrain – is the perfect complement to virtually any home where a wood exterior is preferred. Extra-long vinyl siding is available to minimize the appearance of seams.
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    Find something that falls within your budget. Vinyl siding remains one of today’s most affordable siding options and comes in a variety of grades, including economy, standard, premium and super premium.


  • Developed in the 1950s, the popularity of vinyl siding continues to grow. Currently, it’s the most commonly installed residential siding material in the United States[citation needed] because it’s:
    • Easy to maintain (no painting or staining required)
    • Durable and cost-efficient
    • Available in a broad range of colors and textures, many resembling natural materials.
    • Continuing to evolve in quality, as with the industry’s new foam siding.

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