Worker repairing vinyl siding.

Vinyl Siding Repair: DIY or Not?

Vinyl siding is a popular choice for home improvement projects because it’s affordable, durable, and easy to install. However, as with any other material or structure on your home, you’ll likely need to make repairs at some point. Your siding is exposed to everything nature can throw at it, so what should homeowners do when it’s time for repairs? Let’s take a look at vinyl siding repair and see if it’s worth doing yourself or hiring a professional.

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Energy efficient vinyl shake siding.

What Is The Most Energy Efficient Siding Material?

Your home’s exterior cladding is at the forefront of the house’s performance against mother nature’s elements. It’s the first layer of the home that encounters rain, wind, snow, hail and anything else that the local climate can throw at it. Along with protecting your home’s internal layers from all of the outdoor elements and providing you comfort and peace of mind, your home’s exterior layer should insulate and raise the overall value of the home. And lastly, it should help reduce the strain on the HVAC system, helping lower energy bills or at least allow you to manage energy costs during the useful life of the siding. We’ve put together a great list of homeowners’ most popular exterior cladding materials and how they stack up against each other in the energy savings department.

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Close up view of vinyl shake siding’s grain pattern.

Cedar Shingles vs. Vinyl Shake Siding: Which One Wins?

When you’re in the market to upgrade the exterior of your home, the options are limitless, especially when it comes to siding.

If you’re in the market for the rustic, layered look of wood shake shingles, you have some important decisions to make (and we’re not just talking about color). As technology has evolved, the popularity of a more durable option (vinyl shake siding) has gained a lot of ground. Vinyl shake mimics high-end cedar shake siding for just a fraction of the price, and it comes in various beautiful colors (including the infamous rustic red cedar wood look).

When it comes to the vinyl shake siding vs. cedar shingle debate, there are several factors to consider. Homeowners need to think about things like lifespan, architectural style, maintenance costs and sustainability.

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