The sight of vinyl siding is common these days, and it’s one of the most popular materials for cladding the outside of a house. But it is certainly not your only option. Before you start shopping around for vinyl cladding suppliers, find out a little bit more about how it measures up to the others. In particular, here is a comparison between vinyl, wood, brick/stone and Palliside cladding.
Vinyl siding is one of the cheapest options for cladding which is the main reason it is so popular. It’s only a few dollars per square foot, and usually within a reasonable budget to do an entire house. As a comparison, brick or stone can run over $10 per square foot. That’s quite a bit more of an investment if you wanted to reclad your entire home. In terms of cost, weatherboard like Palliside is between the two. Of course, price comparisons are pretty broad and there are many different brands or options for each kind of cladding.
Now here is one point where vinyl doesn’t win out. It is relatively thin compared to other materials and will crack if struck with something solid. If you have rambunctious kids in the yard, it’s quite likely that it will be damaged by toys or even gardening tools that get knocked against the house. It can even be damaged over time due to exposure to sunlight, which will fade and possibly warp the strips of siding.
Brick, wood and Palliside panels are all far tougher and will be a more durable choice if you feel you need a stronger layer.
Ease of Installation
The lightweight nature of vinyl does make it very appealing to the DIY homeowner because you can do a lot of the installation with one or two people and without a lot of heavy equipment. Granted, it’s not as simply as hammering boards to a wall. You’ll need to install soffit and fascia sections, and the wall strips are held in place with a series of trim and channel pieces. It’s not particularly difficult; you just need to know how the pieces all fit together. Even so, it’s a job you can do with just typical hand tools and some time.
On the other hand, trying to do brick or stone on your own can be a huge job that involves extra work to mix and apply mortar or other adhesives and the pieces aren’t quite so easy to cut to size.
By this we mean the flexibility in color or texture choices. When it comes to choosing color, wood offers the most ultimate choice because you can mix up paint or stain in any shade you wish. It’s the one material that you don’t have to rely on an available palette of product. Next is definitely vinyl. Because the demand is so high, it is produced in a very wide range of colors. It’s even possible to paint vinyl.
Overall, vinyl is easy to install and quite cheap. On the downside, it won’t last anywhere near as long as some of the other materials and can start to show age and wear much sooner.