Restoring a historic home involves constant decisions on building materials and whether you should honor the materials used when the house was built or update with a modern alternative. Siding is one of the more difficult decisions as the historic materials also tend to be among the most expensive options and might also require quite a bit of followup maintenance. If you are restoring an old home, consider using vinyl siding instead of brick, stone, or any other older construction material.
Why would you want to use vinyl siding on a historic home? Vinyl siding has some strong pros and only one con worth mentioning. Discuss the siding option and pros and cons during your next visit with your contractor.
Pro: Durable and Low Maintenance
Vinyl is one of the most durable siding materials on the market. The siding is safe from insect or rot damage and can withstand a decent amount of impact if a storm blows branches or other debris against your home. The color of the siding is mixed in during the manufacturing process so you don't have to worry about chipping or sun-bleached paint sullying the look of your historic home.
Easily clean the vinyl siding with a pressure washer without worrying about damage. You also won't have to clean the siding very often as the slicker surface of the siding makes it harder for dirt and debris to stick.
Pro: Variety of Styles
When you imagine vinyl siding, do you immediately straight white planks? The basic design is preferable to some homeowners but by no means represents the full potential of vinyl siding.
Vinyl siding is available in a wide range of lighter-toned colors. The siding can also be manufactured in a variety of shapes or styles including the traditional planks, scalloped shingles, or more traditional-looking shingles. You can likely imitate the pattern of your home's original historic siding using vinyl.
Con: "Plastic" Appearance
Homeowners can worry that vinyl siding will give the home a somewhat plastic or obviously manufactured appearance. Part of this comes from the visible seams between pieces of siding. Weather-related damage can cause the vinyl to sag and warp, which can also make the siding look more artificial.
How can you avoid making your historic home look artificial? Choose a style and color that will best blend in the seams on your particular home. Your contractor can help you make this decision. You also want to choose a high quality vinyl siding and a qualified installer as both factors can make a huge difference in how natural the siding looks.
Ultimately, you might decide that the slight risk of showing seams doesn't outweigh the pros of this versatile siding material.
For more information about vinyl siding, contact a company such as Michel Home Improvement.