Vinyl siding, polypropylene siding, and insulated vinyl siding: America’s #1 Choice

Vinyl siding was the top pick for exterior cladding on homes completed last year in the United States for the 21th straight year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual report, “Characteristics of New Single-Family Houses Completed. It topped brick, stucco, wood, and fiber cement.

Here are 5 reasons why . . . 

Durability -- Home owners don’t want surprises and they don’t want to spend a lot of time maintaining their homes. So consider this: Vinyl siding is durable. Properly installed certified vinyl siding can withstand high winds – 110 miles per hour or more – and resists heat, cold, and moisture, vinyl siding retains its great looks over time. Plus, warranties offered by vinyl siding manufacturers are among the longest and strongest in the cladding industry.

Versatility -- Vinyl and other polymeric siding can suit a sweeping range of architectural styles and design tastes – from historic to contemporary. They have the widest array of profile offerings of any exterior cladding including clapboard, Dutchlap, beaded and board & batten in a variety of reveals. 

Colorful -- Do still think of vinyl siding as white or pastel? Not anymore. Think barn red, hunter green, ocean blue, sunflower yellow. Vinyl and other polymeric siding offer a broad spectrum of beautiful colors – more than any pre-finished cladding on the market today. Plus, more than 400 colors are certified for color retention, meaning you can rest assured that your siding will maintain its brilliant hues.

Energy Efficient -- Insulated siding is vinyl siding with rigid foam insulation laminated or permanently attached to the panel.  It helps increase the exterior wall’s R-value and contributes to a home’s energy efficiency by providing continuous insulation over the studs of a home, which are a significant source of heat loss. That means more comfort and lower utility bills. And because it’s accepted as home insulation in various energy efficiency programs, it can qualify for Energy Star, state and local municipality, and local utility rebates and incentives. As an added bonus, insulated siding can also cut down on the noise from road traffic, loud conversations, and barking dogs.

Certified -- You want assurance that the homes you’re building will look beautiful and are durable with the passage of time? Vinyl siding, including insulated vinyl siding, is the only exterior cladding with a product certification program administered by an independent, accredited quality control agency that ensures products and colors meet or exceed industry standards; and a certified installer program with validation by an independent, third-party administrator to ensure that installers demonstrate knowledge of industry-accepted application techniques.

Those are just five of the reasons vinyl siding has been the number one choice of cladding for the past 21 years. Of course, there are many more.

Source: Vinyl Siding Institute