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4 Things You Need to Consider Before Installing Vinyl Siding

Out of all the options on the market for the exterior of your home, vinyl siding is one of the newcomers. It wasn't introduced until the late 1950s but grew in popularity quickly. Compared to aluminum siding, vinyl is less expensive, easier to maintain, and dent-resistant—all factors that any homeowner can appreciate. Here's what you need to consider before your vinyl siding installation.

1. Color

One of the best qualities of vinyl siding is the color options. Vinyl siding is available in a variety of colors and shades, from multiple variations of white, cream, and gray to bolder choices, like red, blue, olive green, and even teal. Plus, as a bonus, the color is through the entire product. It won't flake off or need to be re-painted. The color you choose is the color it will stay. This helps cut down on maintenance for busy homeowners

2. Style

Vinyl siding comes in multiple shapes and styles designed to fit an array of aesthetics. While the most common application of vinyl siding is horizontal, you can choose between a variety of widths. Vinyl siding comes in traditional, three- and four-inch widths and then go up to ten-inch widths, which complement older home styles like Prairie-style and Craftsman. 

You can also add a different color or style to the gable ends of your home by choosing to upgrade your vinyl siding installation. You can have your vinyl siding project include additional vinyl shakes meant to resemble cedar shakes at the gable ends of your home. Choose either a complementary color or the same color as the rest of the siding for a monochromatic look. 

3. Direction

If you want to move beyond traditional, horizontal siding installation options, consider going vertical. When installed vertically, vinyl siding has a contemporary vibe that works equally well in homes with a modern farmhouse aesthetic as well as those that prefer clean, modern lines. Vertical panels have all the benefits of horizontal vinyl siding just in another direction. 

4. Fire Rating

If you live in an area prone to forest fires, you need to consider the fire rating of the exterior siding that you choose. Wood siding will ignite at temperatures over 500 degrees F while vinyl siding made from PVC, polyvinyl chloride, will resist ignition until about 730 degrees F. 

While most people automatically think of vinyl siding when they are looking for a durable, inexpensive solution for the exterior of their home, it helps to consider the color, style, direction, and fire rating of the product before your vinyl siding installation. To learn more, contact companies like Harris Home Exteriors.