What To Compare When Buying New Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is a good choice for your home, and you have many options when you're ready to buy your new siding. This gives you the chance to choose a siding style and color that fit your budget and will look nice for many years. Here are some of the choices in vinyl siding to look into and compare.

Quality And Thickness

You can buy economy, builder's grade, and premium vinyl siding. Each has a different cost, so you can get new siding for a more affordable price if you choose economy siding. If you can afford to pay more, you can choose builder's grade or premium siding.

The thicker the siding, the more you have to pay, but the more durable the siding will be. All grades of siding cost about the same to be installed, so this might help you upgrade to a higher quality product to get the best protection for your home you can afford.


You might want traditional horizontal siding panels, but you can also choose vertical panels, shakes, faux stone, shingles, or scallops all made in vinyl. The panels can be manufactured to look like wood logs or painted wood boards.

Vinyl also comes in many colors, and you never have to paint the siding. The siding is manufactured with UV protection that prevents fading so the color lasts. You can mix colors or styles so your home has a unique look and is the most attractive.


You might want vinyl siding that comes with insulation on the back of the panels to control noise and help with climate control. The siding is insulated with a foam board backing, which makes the siding stronger, more durable, and more resistant to wind and impact damage.

However, insulation is not required, so if you don't need it, you can buy the siding without insulation and save money on the cost of your new vinyl siding. If your home's exterior walls have plenty of fiberglass, foam, or cellulose insulation between the walls, then you may not be concerned with siding insulation.

A good way to start your search for the perfect new vinyl siding is to set your budget. Have your home measured, and then compare the cost when you change variables such as the grade of the siding, the color, or with insulated backing added.

By knowing your budget and what you can afford, you'll be better equipped to discuss your options with a siding contractor, and you won't waste time considering siding beyond your budget.