When it comes to siding options, it's not surprising that vinyl siding has remained the most popular option for homeowners over the years. In the beginning, vinyl was considered ideal for cheap, low-quality constructions. But thanks to advancements in engineering, today's vinyl products are stronger, more durable, and better than ever.

Chances are you're interested in vinyl siding because it's the most affordable option on the market. However, the benefits of premium vinyl materials go far beyond just the low, accessible price - making it an exceptional option for your next siding project.

In this article, our expert contractors at Vista Home Improvement will help you navigate through the world of vinyl siding. If you're considering using this material for your home's siding replacement, get started by learning some of the options you have for your project.

Exploring Your Vinyl Options

As a rule, most vinyl siding is extruded poly-vinyl chloride, or PVC for short. This material contains several additives including:

  • Colorant, which is responsible for the wide range of available colors.
  • Lubricant to pass through the extrusion equipment.
  • Acrylics and other similar materials to improve durability and fade resistance.

When it comes to choosing your vinyl siding, it's the application style that provides the greatest options. The most common profiles include:

  • Clapboard Siding: This type mimics wood clapboard siding while lying horizontally across the house. There are many subsets of this style available, which should be discussed with your contractor to determine the best fit. Keep in mind that the wider the siding, the fewer nails are used to hold it in place. This can affect its resistance to wind.
  • Dutch Lap Siding: This siding type was first used by northern Europeans and then crossed over to the United States. The profile is known for the beveling of the siding with a 45-degree angle at the top and the bottom half hanging at a 90-degree angle. This option is great for those who desire more shadowing from their vinyl siding.
  • Beaded Siding:This is a horizontal layout with a rounded bead at the top and bottom of each individual siding. This is done to create shadows on the siding for enhanced visual appeal. Save for the design difference, this is on par with clapboard siding options.
  • Cabin Board Siding:;The vinyl siding in this case is produced in a manner that allows the vinyl to mimic stacked logs, which is perfect for country homes that demand a more rustic appeal. By necessity, this siding option maybe a little thicker than other options.
  • Board & Batten Vertical Siding:This is when wide sections of vinyl boards are covered by narrow raised strips, also known as battens. This is a style that is centuries old and has grown in popularity thanks to how easily vinyl applies with this layout. Most homeowners use this as an accent to horizontal siding, but the trend has shifted to decking the entire house in this profile.
  • Vertical Siding:The vinyl is virtually the same as with clapboard and other horizontal styles. The main differences exist with the change in direction and the fact that is done as more of an accent instead of being applied to the entire home.
  • Shake and Shingle Siding:With this option, the vinyl is made to mimic cedar shingles or cedar shakes. This is a beautiful option for those to pursue when seeking a design that stands out. The best part is that the manufacturing process makes the siding look like real wood, but without the needed maintenance and care that real wood requires. It takes more individual pieces to pursue this option than other styles available, so keep that in mind. Also, this option is made to be thicker and more rigid, making it more durable and sturdier than other options.
  • Insulated Vinyl Siding: This is s specific version of vinyl siding that has a foam backing applied. This backing is available in varying thickness levels ranging from R-2.0 to R-5.0. The higher the value, the more capable your insulated vinyl siding is at managing the heat flow in and out of the home. This is a cost-effective option for those who experience extreme temperatures or live in poorly insulated homes.

The key to any exterior siding project is to begin with a vision of what you want the finished product to look like. Vinyl comes in a variety of textures and colors so the sky is the limit when it comes to design choices. Keep in mind that the rarer the color or detailed the texture, the more the price will rise.

Vinyl Siding Installation with Vista Home Improvement

When choosing to have vinyl siding materials installed on your home’s exterior, the best decision you can make is to work with qualified contractors like the ones at Vista Home Improvement. As trusted exterior siding experts, we know exactly what's needed to provide a long-lasting, beautiful, and cost-effective result.

At Vista Home Improvement, our team is committed to ensuring every customer feels supported in their desire to update their home’s style, weather protection, and energy efficiency. That’s why we offer nothing less than the highest quality available when it comes to your vinyl siding options, including our premium insulated vinyl siding selections.

Ready to explore your vinyl siding options? Then give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional siding replacement services, or fill out our online form to schedule your free quote.