Why Aren’t You Spec’ing Vinyl Siding?

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by Don Browne

Top 6 Reasons Why You Should Install Vinyl Siding for Your Next Homebuilding or Renovation Project

As you may know, vinyl siding is purposefully engineered to deliver maximum protection and long-lasting beauty for nearly any home style. With low maintenance and numerous features to deliver homeowner satisfaction, today’s vinyl siding is an ideal choice for lasting performance.

I was talking recently with Rob Balfanz, Senior Director of Workforce Development, Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI), who made a major career pivot from windows to vinyl siding when he saw the volume of business that VSI-certified installers could achieve in such a short period.

When Rob witnessed firsthand how vinyl siding transformed his former company, it surprised him that more homebuilders and homeowners were not choosing vinyl siding for their exterior installation.

And after leading the effort to increase the number of VSI-certified installers in the field by many thousands as VSI’s workforce development “czar” (especially during the two-year-long pandemic), Rob now wants the whole world to know that spec’ing vinyl and polymeric siding for their next home project is the smart thing to do.

Here are his six reasons:

  1. If you can dream it, vinyl siding can bring it to life. A virtually endless range of styles, colors and textures makes it easy to pursue any architectural style or personal taste, all without changing installation practices. This includes complementary vinyl siding profiles, trim and accessories that allow you to create the complete look.
  2. Vinyl siding is built to last. Vinyl siding is continuously innovated for long-term durability. Multiple attachment points create superior wind resistance, with a minimum of 110 mph performance. Vinyl siding has a life span of 50 years or more, according to many warranties offered by VSI member manufacturers.
  3. Vinyl siding provides low fire risk. Vinyl siding’s chlorine base makes it the most difficult of all construction materials to ignite. VSI recently conducted a series of tests at the Western Fire Center that provide good fire-safe characteristic insights by using ASTM E2707 Standard Test Method for Determining Fire Penetration of Exterior Wall Assemblies Using a Direct Flame Impingement Exposure and an exposed wall to this test.
  4. Vinyl siding is sustainable and recyclable. Arguably the greenest of all exteriors, vinyl siding is a market leader in producing sustainable products with the lowest carbon footprint of all the exteriors. And recycling vinyl is more accessible now that there is a demand for post-consumer vinyl siding by both VSI member manufacturers and other groups looking to make patios, furniture and other building materials. For this reason, vinyl siding should be the #1 choice for millennial homebuyers.
  5. High-quality installation. There are more VSI-certified installers than ever before and closer to where you live who can deliver the highest quality installation to ensure the highest quality performance.
  6. Vinyl siding is low maintenance. You never have to paint it. You don’t have to replace dented parts. Why? Because it doesn’t dent. Vinyl siding bends and contracts in relation to the extreme climate conditions most of us experience. And you only need to wash it once a year with a garden hose and a little soap.

In addition, vinyl siding continues to be the most affordable exterior in the market. And vinyl siding is also termite resistant.

Great pricing. Excellent performance benefits. Why choose anything else?


Don Browne is a writer, entrepreneur and local legislator who believes that the power of words can change the world. He provides unique writing services for clients in the construction, health care, IT and hospitality sectors. He has a passion for small business and start-ups, as well as writing about Irish history, family and corporate biographies. As a homeowner and father of four who is passionate about community development, Don looks forward to writing more about the exciting possibilities of creating traditional neighborhoods and more sustainable communities using modern materials.