We get to look at a variety of kinds of exterior cladding as home inspectors and one popular type of cladding is vinyl siding. In this article, we thought we would give you a very quick guide to this type of siding, so that you can be better equipped to decide if it’s a good choice for your home. Some things you will want to know are; what are the advantages as well as any disadvantages that come with vinyl siding?
The important thing to remember is that, like all exterior cladding, vinyl siding should be correctly installed. If it is, it will not only be hard-waring and difficult to dent, but also not prone to fading or rusting. We would all agree that these are very desirable qualities in something that will be covering the majority of our homes exterior, after all, it needs to look good for a long time.
What of the possible disadvantages to vinyl siding? Well, as we would expect with any kind of siding, given certain conditions and circumstances, vinyl siding will be prone to damage. Extremes in weather can affect it. For example, it can become brittle and easily crack in extremely cold temperatures and on the other end of the spectrum, it can melt and warp if the weather is excessively hot.
Vinyl siding will not provide you with additional insulation and so will not contribute to the homes energy savings. Another thing to be aware of is that if a fire should occur in or around the home, the materials that comprise vinyl siding could emit hazardous chemicals, posing a threat to the homes residents.
As we see from this very brief overview, vinyl siding can be a very good choice as long as it is installed properly. If you would like more information on this or any home inspection related topic, please feel free to contact us.
Dave Graham, Tempest Home Inspection. Calgary Alberta