Home building trends - what homeowners want
- Whether empty-nesters or time-starved professionals, today's homebuyers demand houses that require less maintenance, have high aesthetic appeal, and are a good value for their money.
- Homebuyers expect to live in their new homes longer, therefore, value, durability and low maintenance are long-term concerns.
- Builders and architects want products that are attractive, offer design versatility and provide value.
- Because of these needs, builders, remodelers and homeowners have made vinyl the leading exterior siding material of choice.
Homebuyers have clear preferences
People in the new home market ranked the following as extremely important or very important:
Buyers expect to live an average of 15 years in their new home. More importantly, almost 62% of those interviewed expect to live in their new home 10 or more years.
Exterior materials: average long-term costs
Maintenance costs calculated by using 2004 R.S. Means "Exterior Home Improvement Costs", Updated 23rd Edition.
- Wood - paint 3 times in 20years
- Fiber Cement - paint 2.5 times in 20 years
- Hardboard - paint 3 times in 20 years
- Stucco - paint 3 times in 20 years
- EIFS - paints 2.5 times in 20 years (x $1.13 per sq.ft)
Vinyl: the siding material of choice
More homeowners are choosing vinyl siding because of outstanding performance and a beautiful appearance.
Issues to consider when choosing an exterior material:
- Material cost
- Installation cost
- Initial finishing needs
- Moisture resistance
- Insect resistance
- Wind resistance
- Long-term maintenance
- Weather resistance
- Color choices
- Impact resistance
Compare different siding materials
Wood siding - the traditional exterior material - expensive to finish.
- High perceived value
- Popular familiar choice
- Various styles available
- Easier to install than some other siding products
- High cost
- No warranty
- Requires frequent painting or staining every 6 years
- Susceptible to insect and weather damage
- Plywood sidings have poor long-term performance
- Can split, warp, sell, rot, chip, etc.
- Cut edges can absorb water and sell if not finished properly
- Can follow the wall and look wavy
- Must be kept dry on job site
- Susceptible to moisture
- Frequent first year problems
Fiber cement siding - durable, but installation "sensitive".
- Will not rot, and resists termites
- Has the look of wood siding
- Good impact resistance
- Lasts longer than hardboard
- Less maintenance than wood
- Can stain from moisture
- Can break or snap during handling
- Subject to freeze/thaw problems if caulking fails
- Product is heavy
- Generates silica dust when cut - OSHA concern
- Needs special tools for installation
- Labor intensive - must be primed, caulked, and finished with premium paint
- Can follow the wall and look wavy - great care must be taken when nailing
- Performance is dependent on regular maintenance
- Moisture causes joints to swell when not caulked properly
- Panels can separate when improperly nailed
When improperly installed, fiber cement panels can follow the wall creating a wavy look.
Joints separate when improperly nailed.
Stucco/EIFS* - offers design flexibility but subject to cracking
- Fairly durable surface
- Several textures possible
- EISF can be energy efficient
- EISF offers greater design flexibility than stucco
- Subject to surface cracks
- Installation is labor intensive and costly
- Stucco requires knowledgeable and skilled craftsmen
- Requires paint every 5-8 years
- Subject to cracking from foundation shifting
- Subject to deterioration from excessive moisture
- Stains easily
- Use of barrier EISF restricted in some areas
*Exterior Insulation & Finish System.
Deterioration from moisture.
Stains on stucco require frequent maintenance.
Low-grade vinyl - design flaws result in a poor finished appearance
- Cost effective initially
- Low installed cost
- Won't rot, blister, chip or peel
- Insect proof
- Exceptional weather resistance
- Virtually maintenance free
- Cheap vinyl siding often called "builders panels" are poorly manufactured
- Low-grade siding can be difficult to install
- Cheap, thin vinyl has substandard appearance
- Requires careful substrate preparation
- Improperly installed, it can follow the wall
- Cheap vinyl can unlock
- Can have color inconsistency
- May experience oil canning
- Frequent first year problems
- Poor lock design contributes to failures
- Telegraphs a wavy substrate
Alside premium vinyl siding - meets the needs of builders and homeowners.
- Looks like wood
- Accurately dimensioned and detailed profiles
- Can select natural wood grain texture or smooth finish
- Produces deep, realistic shadow lines
- Available in wide range of beautiful colors
- Coordinated trim and accent options readily available
- Virtually maintenance-free
- Exceptionally durable: won't crack, peel, chip or rot
- Impervious to moisture damage
- Clear-through color...never needs sanding, staining or painting
- Restore to like-new appearance by simply washing with a garden hose
- Lowest long-term cost of any siding options
Vinyl siding is the material of choice ranging from $100,000 to over $300,000. And Alside premium vinyl siding is among the best exterior siding materials on the market.
Charter Oak® and Prodigy®
are the most rigid vinyl sidings and that means uniform lines and straighter walls. Outstanding detail and color selection can complement
architectural style of any home. Alside vinyl sidings and soffit work well with other exterior materials.
And an outstanding combination of beauty, durability, and low maintenance make Alside premium vinyl siding a great investment in your home for a lifetime.
The quality of the installation
is just important as choosing a high quality product. Seven Sun Windows can professionally install Alside premium vinyl siding.
To ensure proper installation we will:
- Correctly fasten the siding to allow vinyl's normal expansion and contraction properties and keep it straight and secure on the wall.
- Properly prepare the area around doors, windows and other openings to prevent water infiltration.
- Pay attention to the details that will give your home a beautiful appearance that will last over time.
Our experienced installers will help ensure that your home's vinyl siding will look great and perform well for years to com.
Schedule your free in-home siding quote today. Call 1.800.774.0434 or click here