Vinyl or Wood: Which is a Better Material for New Sidings?

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When choosing between vinyl and wood for interior or exterior siding, the price often serves as the main reason for choosing the former as their preferred material. However, choosing wood sidings provides you with a better resale value. This will be useful in case you plan to put your home on the market in the future.

Price is Right

There are many factors that affect the cost of sidings and these include the state where you live in the U.S. The price of buying new siding in Utah will be different from the cost in California, so you need to consider this when planning a budget.

Insulated vinyl siding, for instance, costs between $1.70 and $4.20 per square foot. It may even cost up to $7 per square foot. However, this is still cheaper than wood siding that may cost up to $10 per square foot. It will cost up to $19,600 for an owner of a two-story home to install exterior sidings over 2,800 square feet of exterior space, compared to $28,000 when using sidings made from wood.

Pros and Cons

Aside from its affordable price, vinyl sidings are easier to maintain and are not easily susceptible to damage from pests. The problem, however, is that vinyl is more prone to cracks due to extreme temperatures.

On the other hand, wood sidings can last for a long period of time with proper maintenance and gives a better curb appeal than vinyl. However, wood attracts pests (such as ants and termites), so you need to think carefully if a higher resale value will be worth the time and effort.

If vinyl’s benefits outweigh the disadvantages, then it is the better option. The same applies to wood sidings, as your budget will mostly decide which type of material will work better for your house.