In a recent study of homeowners who replaced their siding with vinyl siding, more than 50% stated they would have chosen James Hardie Fiber-cement siding had they been informed of the advantages prior to making their vinyl siding purchase.
Which Siding would you rather have protecting your home?
Five things to consider about vinyl siding
- It’s only a cover-up. Since vinyl siding is often installed over your old, problematic existing siding, your current problems may continue to get worse. Additionally, since vinyl is not tightly nailed to the home, it invites insects and moisture to build behind panels, potentially penetrating the structure of the home.
- It’s flammable. Vinyl siding will melt or warp when exposed to a significant source of heat or flame. Some cases have even been reported that vinyl siding has melted and warped due to the heat from the reflection of the sun from a nearby neighbor’s window.
- It fades. If you’ve been told that vinyl siding lasts a “lifetime” think again. Over time, all colors are going to fade from the sun. So with vinyl what are my options?
- Install a replacement piece. Good luck finding a matching color.
- Pay to have the entire wall or house resided with vinyl again.
- You can attempt to paint it, but because it was designed to expand and contract with climate changes, painted vinyl panels tend to crack and peel over time.