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Vinyl siding is among the most popular exterior cladding options for homes built in the last half century. Its many advantages over other cladding materials, such as wood, aluminum or masonry have made it the go to material choice for many Columbus roofing contractors and homeowners alike. As popular as it has become, it still has its fair share of detractors. Many homeowners' associations and historic societies will not allow vinyl siding to be used in the neighbor hoods they manage.

Vinyl siding hit the consumer market as a cladding option in the 1950s. It was initially produced as a single layer of poly vinyl chloride, or PVC, plastic. This mono layer extrusion method produced an inconsistent product which has since been refined. Modern vinyl siding is produced in multiple layers to give it more uniform performance.

There are many reasons for homeowners to choose vinyl siding as the exterior cladding for their house. It offers a wide range of colors and textures that continue to grow, thanks to advances in chemical engineering and manufacturing. PVC is an incredibly durable material when it comes to resisting the elements. The elimination of the need to repaint a home is a big draw for vinyl as well.

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Compared to other cladding options, vinyl is generally quite a bit less expensive. It is also light weight and requires minimal maintenance to retain its fresh appearance.

There are also some potential downsides to choosing vinyl. As mentioned earlier, many homeowners' associations disallow vinyl siding because it does not fit the aesthetic style many want for their community. Additionally, despite its reputation for durability, extreme heat and cold can wreak havoc on vinyl clad homes. In very cold temperatures, PVC becomes brittle and can make siding more susceptible to impact damage and cracking. In extremely hot climates, reflected light from windows or water can cause the siding to permanently warp. There are also health risks associated with the harmful gases that can be released when PVC burns. In the case of a house fire, these fumes can increase the danger to anyone inside the home at the time.

Vinyl siding is likely to continue to be one of the more popular cladding options for the foreseeable future. Installing it may seem like an easy task that anyone can handle, but there is more to it than nailing some strips to a wall. Improper installation will, at the very least, lead to unpleasant aesthetics. Deciding to install vinyl during a "do it yourself" project can also lead to water damage to the walls and underlying structural components of a home.

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