Going Vinyl: Easy Ways to Go Vinyl at Home
Quit daydreaming about wood for a moment and consider vinyl. While wood is a timeless material for homes, high-quality wood can be extremely expensive and even rare. Mediocre or low-quality wood can require similar financial investment yet without any of the benefits real wood can deliver. If you want an attractive home that does not cost a fortune in remodeling, then going vinyl is the way forward. Vinyl is an affordable material with great customization flexibility to meet your unique taste. It is also reliable and growing in great popularity. So why not get started and give it a try?
Introduced first in the 1950s as a substitute for aluminum siding, vinyl siding is making a strong comeback and currently captures 32% of the U.S. siding market for new homes. According to This Old House, installing vinyl siding is often cheaper and less time consuming than installing red cedar or redwood. “A mid-grade vinyl costs about $1.60 per square foot to install, not including the necessary trim pieces, while the installed price of mid-grade cedar clapboard, exclusive of trim and paint, is about 2.5 times higher.” Unlike popular belief, vinyl siding is actually less likely to trap moisture than wood. On average, you can get a premium vinyl material for half of the price of wood and enjoy its durability and low maintenance for a few decades.
Vinyl Doors & Windows
If you are a wood lover, you may be happy to learn that a quality vinyl door or window can be made to seamlessly emulate the appearance of wood. Unlike wood that needs to be repainted, the paint of most vinyl doors and windows will remain sharp for 15 to 20 years down the road. You do not need to scrape, paint, or stain it regularly at all. In addition to its convenient installation and maintenance process, vinyl doors and windows are energy efficient for their natural resistance to heat flow and transmission. They have a moderate to high R-value, while the windows are available in double pane for an extra secured seal. Like wood windows, vinyl windows can take on the styles of bay, bow, casement, double hung, and more. The only difference is less time and money on your part.
Vinyl is a great flooring material for its affordability, durability, and cosmetic appeal. It is extremely easy to clean, water resistant, and comfortable to your feet. Vinyl flooring is also loved for their versatility. Offered in a myriad of colors and designs of plank, sheet, and tile, vinyl flooring gives your home a modernized but elegant charm that is coupled with low maintenance and high performance. You can also customize your vinyl flooring to imitate the appearance of stone, wood, and other popular flooring materials to enjoy a similar look at a fraction of the cost.
As you can see, vinyl opens the door to enable homeowners to afford a beautiful home and personalize it to their taste. While we agree that wood has its advantages, we believe that vinyl has introduced some irresistible opportunities for people with all kinds of needs and backgrounds.