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What are some benefits to using vinyl siding?

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Vinyl siding is low maintenance, resistant to insects, energy efficient, doesn't trap water like wood and is easy to install or repair. Some types of vinyl siding are stronger and more durable than others. It is important to do research before making the final choice for a home.

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Vinyl siding is a popular alternative to wood siding for homes. Ever since its introduction to the home market in the 1950s, manufacturers have worked continuously to improve their product. Vinyl now has a number of advantages over other materials. As a hardened plastic product, vinyl requires little maintenance. Wood siding usually needs repainting every year, but high-quality vinyl doesn't need painting. After a decade or so, it may fade enough to need replacing or painting again.

Vinyl is also very resistant to the elements and insects. Unlike wood, it is not considered food for insects. Vinyl can withstand rain, snow and extreme temperatures well. It doesn't trap water underneath the panels like wood siding, as the vinyl has special drainage holes to allow water to escape. Vinyl can even be recycled and reused in new vinyl siding or other materials. Thick, high-quality siding acts as a heat barrier, helping to keep homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

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