Siding: "Trade in your paint brush for more free time"...

Advantages of Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding offers a number of advantages to individuals building a new home or renovating an existing one.

Disadvantages

While vinyl siding is an excellent choice for many homeowners, there are several potential disadvantages that should be considered.

Painting vs. Siding: A cost comparison.

Does it cost more to side your home? Yes, but only if you compare it to a single painting. A paint job will last from 3-10 years, and to be at the upper end of that range you need to strip your house down to the bare wood, wash the wood thoroughly, apply pre-coats and primers and at least 2 coats of paint. Doing it right takes quite a bit of time and/or money. Look at the chart below and consider how long you will live in your home.

1st painting 2nd painting 3rd painting 4th painting 5th painting 6th painting 7th painting
$1,500 $3,414 $5,857 $8,976 $12,956 $18,035 $24,518
$2,500 $5,690 $9,762 $14,960 $21,593 $30,059 $40,864
$3,500 $7,966 $13,669 $20,944 $30,230 $42,083 $57,209
This chart assumes an annual inflation rate of 5 percent, and that you will paint your house every 5 years. Painting once every 5 years your 7th house painting will come just after you've paid off a 30 year mortgage. (Costs shown are commutative)

You can see from the chart above that it doesn't take long for the cost of painting to add up. A really good paint job will last longer than a cheap one, but even a costly paint job will have to be repeated 4 or more times over the life of your home. The average home in Seward County can be sided for less than it costs to paint 4 times, and you get a home that looks good every year, not 4 out of every 5 years.

 

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