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The Morning Call posted an article in July 2013 that debunked the “myths” and so-called inferiority of vinyl or PVC as a siding material. In fact, much of the criticism against vinyl was due to how poorly manufactured it was in the 1950s, a far cry from today’s more advanced production processes. Nowadays, vinyl siding can be beautiful and durable, aside from being affordable and easy to use for both homeowners and construction contractors.

Most people do not know that while it’s certainly not the “holy grail” of exterior home design, vinyl was used in almost a third of all new home construction in the United States in 2012, and the trend may very well continue in the years to come. After all, there are plenty of reasons why many Maryland siding contractors, like DryTech Roofing, prefer this plastic material over others. These numbers should give homeowners enough reason to hire professional contractors to do vinyl siding installation work, instead of risking do-it-yourself (DIY) efforts.

While vinyl is fairly simple to install and replace, only reputable contractors like DryTech have the necessary skills and equipment to carry these jobs out. Such was the case in one disaster-recovery effort in Missouri last 2011; professional contractors were able to rebuild seven houses within seven days thanks in part to their expert use of vinyl sidings. Professional help may also be needed to identify the best vinyl sidings for a particular home since they also come in various thickness and insulation values.

It can be argued that the latter attribute is what homeowners should be putting more premium on nowadays since, according to the Department of Energy, a siding material with a low R-value can reduce a home’s monthly energy costs. Insulated vinyl sidings seem to fit the bill because they have foam underlays to trap heat; some of them have next level properties such as vapor permeability to help withstand moisture as well. These sidings also come in about 350 colors that have been “certified for color retention” by the Vinyl Siding Institute.

According to the Morning Call article, vinyl sidings can even mimic the feel and aesthetics of wood, which is useful not only for making a home more beautiful, but also for restoring historical homes to their former glory. With the proper maintenance in place, vinyl sidings can last for 30 years at the minimum. Rather than risk shoddy DIY results, homeowners can rely on competent Maryland vinyl siding contractors to do the job professionally.

Contrary to what people think, vinyl sidings are miles better than what they used to be many years ago. They have undergone a lot of changes that now make them one of the best home construction materials today.