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Comparing Home Siding: Vinyl, Insulated and Stone Veneer




Comparing Home Siding

Comparing Home Siding

Our home is our refuge, the place where we want to feel safe and protected from outside elements and extreme weather. Exterior siding is one way your home can withstand the daily wear and tear from mother nature.

The type of exterior siding you choose may depend on your budget, climate, and personal taste. Consider this brief comparison of vinyl, insulated and stone veneer sidings to help you make a more informed decision.      

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is one of the most common. Made from polyvinyl chloride, or more commonly known as PVC, vinyl sidings are the least expensive of the siding types and are available in a wide range of designs. PVC is easily manufactured and varies in quality and durability. Some vinyl siding types can last more than ten years, while others may require attention in five years or less. Consult customer feedback on each manufacturer when choosing any type of vinyl siding.

A recent development in technology has created a type of exterior finishing known as insulated siding. Widely considered to be a great improvement over normal vinyl siding, insulated siding comes with a polystyrene foam backing that removes any gaps between the contact points of the home and the siding. The polystyrene provides additional insulation and gives the siding more density, allowing it to withstand impacts that would damage normal “hollow-back” vinyl siding. Price-wise, insulated siding costs more than regular vinyl siding, although manufacturers claim that because of its durability, the product can easily last 50 years or more.

Stone Veneer Siding

A third type of siding is stone veneer siding. Stone veneer can be made from either natural stone or a certain mix of concrete that is poured into rubber shapes, then painted or designed to resemble natural stone. Stone veneer is considerably more expensive, but is also more durable and offers a unique aesthetic.

Consider your climate, your budget and the look you want to achieve when choosing the right siding for your home. If your winters are severe, insulated siding can reduce the amount you spend on energy bills during cold months. If you prefer the visual appeal of stone walls, stone veneer siding can be a more inviting option. And those on a tight budget will appreciate the wide alternatives available in normal vinyl sidings.

Each siding type comes with unique advantages and disadvantages, and each manufacturer sets different standards on how they produce exterior sidings. Visit forums and gather information on specific brands of exterior sidings to be able to accurately weigh the pros and cons of each choice.

Article courtesy of Sunshine Contracting Corp, an established VA home improvement company that can help Virginians remodel their kitchen or help with other home remodeling projects including siding, replacing windows, building patios and more.

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Alex Hinst is the author of Home Decorating and Staging and owner of Alex Hinst Designs, located in Denver's Historic Highlands.

Alex Hinst Designs has hundreds of success stories in both private and investor home renovations and is dedicated to helping you create your perfect home.

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