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Six Reasons to Consider Vinyl Siding for Your Home

If you are tired of having to repaint the exterior of your home every few years, or if your home's wood siding is showing signs of deterioration you might want to consider installing vinyl siding. Vinyl has all but replaced aluminum and other types of siding as the preferred material for colorfast, maintenance-free siding. Here are some reasons for choosing vinyl siding for your home.

1. Ease of installation. You can install vinyl siding yourself with a couple of inexpensive specialty tools and a few ordinary tools found in almost every home. Expert advice is available from your local home improvement store, the siding manufacturer, or home improvement Web sites.

2. Durability. All vinyl siding is very durable, but like anything else you get what you pay for. Spend a little extra for heavier gauge, higher quality siding, and it will last a lifetime. Because the color is impregnated into the siding, it resists fading and will look new for years.

3. Ease of maintenance. Vinyl siding is easy to clean with mild soap and water, and a soft cloth. If your siding is textured, use a soft-bristled brush to clean it, so as not to wipe dirt into the crevices in the texture. For mold and mildew, nearly any common household cleaner will do the job.

4. Ease of repair. If a vinyl siding panel should sustain damage, repairs are easily accomplished. Color matching may be a problem with older siding, but taking a sample to your home improvement store will help you get a close match.

5. Attractive appearance. As noted above, vinyl siding is color-fast because the colors are molded into the siding itself. Vinyl siding also comes in many textures, so you can choose smooth, a variety of wood-grain textures, even the look of logs. Many of the newer siding designs are indistinguishable from the original material, even up close.

6. Return on investment. At a cost of around $1.00 per square foot (e), vinyl siding is a relatively inexpensive home improvement project that will yield big returns in curb appeal and value when you put your home on the market.

For all these reasons, the next time the exterior paint on your home starts to look a bit shabby you might want to weigh the cost and hassle of another paint job against low-maintenance, long-lasting vinyl siding.