Vinyl Siding vs. Aluminum – Which Comes Out On Top?

Choosing your home’s exterior is a serious matter that demands time and concentration. Given the fact that the exterior choice has a major say on the structural integrity of your house, the wrong choice can compromise the value of your home.

Vinyl Siding with Stone Veneer Accent

In recent years, vinyl and aluminum siding have emerged as the two most popular choices for exterior remodeling. Homeowners often don’t know the difference between the two and tend to opt for the more economical option.

In this blog post, Garden State Brickface and Siding compares the performance of aluminum and vinyl siding over four important metrics that will help you make a more educated decision.

1. Durability

The first performance metric is durability. Although vinyl and aluminum are both durable in their own right, aluminum siding tends to be more prone to denting and scratching.

On the other hand, vinyl siding offers better performance against brute force, and remains strong under adverse weather conditions. From the standpoint of durability, vinyl siding is the better option.

2. Cost

There’s no denying the fact that economics plays a major role in home remodeling decisions.. Often people opt for inferior options simply because they can’t afford the better option on the market.

As far as siding options are concerned, aluminum siding does cost a little less than vinyl siding (more on this later) even though both finishes have similar life expectancies.

3. Energy Efficiency

The importance of energy efficiency can never be understated. What most people don’t realize is that the foundation for heat retention and energy efficiency is laid down by the exterior cladding of their house. Here’s where vinyl reigns supreme.

Amherst Vinyl Siding with Stone Veneer Accent

Amherst Vinyl Siding with Stone Veneer Accent

Vinyl siding offers superior energy efficiency as compared to aluminum siding. The latter does a poor job of reflecting heat in the summers, leaving homeowners to expect more from their air conditioners, resulting in higher utility bills and over-use of the air conditioning equipment.

4. Maintenance

Often people don’t even think about maintenance when choosing an exterior finish. This can be disastrous in the long run as you can opt for a poor option that requires constant cleaning and maintenance.

If you don’t have the time to regularly clean the exterior of your house, you should opt for vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is incredibly durable which minimizes the cost of repairs and touch-ups. Furthermore, vinyl siding is far less prone to fading than aluminum siding, which adds to the overall durability of the vinyl siding installation.

The Verdict

Judging by the four important performance metrics mentioned above, it’s apparent that vinyl siding is the superior siding option. Although aluminum siding is somewhat less expensive, vinyl siding can effectively increase the resale value of your house. It’s because of this that Business Insider pegged it one of the best investments one can make to sell their house for more!

Vinyl Siding - Front View

So if you want to improve the aesthetics of your house or want to increase its market value, vinyl siding is perfect for you! Garden State Brickface and Siding, with over 65 years of experience, is one of the leading experts in vinyl siding installation and home renovations in NJ and NY.

For more information on our vinyl siding products, or any exterior home renovation project in NY and NJ, get in touch with us. For a free, no obligation in-home quotation, call (800) 388-4472 or use this convenient contact form.