The Benefits of vinyl siding Although vinyl siding was first introduced in 1950s, it became popular in the home construction market during the late 70s and 80s. During the 90s the amount of people whose chose vinyl doubled, and today over 32% of people choose this type of siding for their homes versus other styles of siding. According to the Vinyl Siding Institute, statistics from the U.S Census Bureau show that over the last 20 years, more homeowners choose vinyl to side their homes over any other material. But what separates vinyl from its competitors? Cost Effectiveness and Installation One of the main benefits of choosing vinyl over other siding options is the lower cost, especially when it comes to installation. Vinyl siding can cost half the price of wood siding, a third of the cost of stucco, and a fifth of the cost of brick siding which makes vinyl siding the most cost efficient option The Vinyl Siding Institute confirms that vinyl siding costs much less than other home cladding options and also offers unmatched value with the lowest total installed cost of any other exterior siding. Though in some cases the initial costs may exceed the costs of other siding materials, it is a cost-effective choice over time in regards to upkeep, maintenance, and longevity. Maintenance/Longevity Compared to other types of exterior siding, vinyl siding is virtually maintenance free. Vinyl typically does not dent or scratch or need to be repainted since it is one solid. Along with being low maintenance, it has a lifespan of roughly 60 years before needing to replace. Wood siding needs to be power washed and treated (repainted or restained) every 4-6 years and cleaned usually once a year which makes for a high level of maintenance and upkeep. Wood is also prone deterioration over time from weather conditions; many animals are attracted to the wood and can damage the siding which can cause expensive damage. The life span of wood siding is roughly 20 years. Stucco siding can last for roughly 50 years before needing to be replaced. However, over time, the stucco cracks which need to be filled with sealant and repainted. It also stains easily. And surprisingly, stucco has been known attract woodpeckers which can extensive damage to your home. Although a lower maintenance option, it’s important to keep in mind the costs of having stucco applied as well as repaired. Brick siding is one of the oldest forms of siding, and can last up to 100 years if maintained properly. Although brick provides a low maintenance alternative, the initial cost is expensive since bricks need to be installed one-by-one.