Common Myths About Residential Siding

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Maintaining the exterior of your home can be a challenging task because there is a seemingly countless number of tasks that must be regularly done to the home. Sadly, some people are unable to perform this type of work, and whether this is due to intense career responsibilities or disabilities, it can result in a severe degradation of the home's appearance. Luckily, siding is an excellent option for these individuals, but it is important to ignore two common myths about this option for your home. 

Myth: Siding Is Only A Cosmetic Upgrade

Many homeowners are under the assumption that siding is purely a cosmetic improvement for the home. However, this is far from the truth, and there are numerous advantages of installing this on your home. For example, siding can drastically reduce the ability of insects to damage your home, and this can save you from expensive repair bills. 

In addition to this attribute, siding can also improve the energy efficiency of your home. Insulated siding contains a layer of thick foam that will reduce air leaks and convective heat loss or gain. While this type of siding is slightly more expensive than conventional options, the savings from lower energy bills can outweigh this cost. 

Myth: Vinyl Siding Is Not Durable

Another common belief is that vinyl siding is not as durable as your home's original exterior. However, this myth about vinyl siding is completely false. It is in fact far more durable than most materials that are used in residential constructions. For example, it will not rot or crack due to moisture exposure, and it will never need to be painted. 

In addition to these attributes, vinyl siding is extremely simple to clean. A pressure washer and dishwashing soap is usually sufficient to remove any accumulations from the vinyl. However, when you notice moss, algae and any other substances accumulating on your home's exterior, you should clean it as soon as possible. If these materials are allowed to stay on the wall, they will become much more difficult to remove. 

Vinyl siding can be an excellent option for those wanting to enhance the appearance of their homes, improve energy efficiency or reduce the required maintenance. Sadly, there are many individuals that will miss out on these benefits of siding because they have made the mistake of believing common misconceptions about this option. Exposing the reality behind a couple of these notions will help you make an informed decision for your home's needs. Contact a company like Allstate Gutter & Siding for more information.

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