When you are constructing a house or planning to remodel an existing one, the choice of the material to be used for siding depends on you. Siding protects the interior parts of the house from harsh weather elements, dust and insects. There are different type of materials that you can use the most common being vinyl and brick.
The material used has a huge impact on the way your house will appear once you have completed it. Another effect has to do with the value of the house. One material is expensive in comparison with the other. We shall shortly see which of the two is costlier. In many instances, you will find a homeowner upgrading from vinyl to brick. Here now is a comparison between the two materials with respect to cost and other qualities.
Cost of Vinyl Siding Vs. Brick
The cost of bricks per square foot lies in the range of $6-$12. On the other hand, vinyl will cost you around $2-$3 for the same area. While vinyl is cheaper than brick, it is interesting to note that houses with brick siding appreciate in value soon after completion. This is how you get to offset your extra cost.
The reason why we love vinyl is how it helps to reduce your energy bill. Vinyl siding is one of the only energy-efficient building materials in Utah. Certain vinyl siding solutions include an extra layer of insulation, helping to regulate the temperature in your home and maintain control over your expensive energy bill.
Physical Appearance of Brick Vs. Vinyl
A brick made siding looks elegant and classic. Bricks are appropriate for any kind of setting and have a reputation for lasting longer than the house owner. Vinyl can be equated to a colorful spring jacket. It comes in many styles and colors. Its versatility means that you can keep changing from one style to another in line with your preferences just like a spring jacket.
Modern vinyl siding solutions are designed to withstand fading from the sun. We can add gloss to vinyl to reduce the risk of fading and other weather-related problems.
Upkeep of Siding
Vinyl requires little or no maintenance. When the siding accumulates dirt all you need to do is douse it with a hose. You can also scrub with a sponge or brush. As for brick, you have to inspect it yearly and check whether it has developed cracks or loose mortar has fallen off. The good news is that it will take over 20 years for such problems to arise. All the same, you should re-fill any cracks with fresh mortar or concrete caulk.
If you have wood or brick as your home’s finish, you will find it is harder to maintain and you can run into problems related to the colors. Wood has to be stained or painted, and sealed often. Brick can start to have water stains that are next to impossible to remove. Vinyl siding only needs to be washed about once a year to maintain it’s beautiful appearance.
Durability of Vinyl Siding
Vinyl withstands harsh weather and does not fade even when it is extremely cold or raining heavily. With proper installation it has a 20 year life expectancy. When a vinyl siding is hit by a hard object, it can pick a dent of crack. If you strike it with a sharp object, it may get punctured. On its part, brick siding lasts for many years. It can last for the entire lifespan of your home. Brick can withstand extreme weather as well as impact. If you chip or break a brick, you only need to replace that particular brick; not the entire wall.
Find out why we recommend using Alside premium vinyl siding solutions for your home in Utah:
Vinyl siding or brick in Utah?
We recommend vinyl siding as it lasts longer and is durable against the harsh winter weather in Utah. We can help you select the right siding solution to match your home’s design and vinyl helps to reduce your home’s energy costs as it will not absorb the heat of the sun in the summer, causing your air conditioning system to work harder. Our vinyl siding solutions are designed to protect your home against rot, mold, and mildew concerns.
Contact KoolBreeze Inc. today 801-627-1020 to discuss vinyl siding in Ogden, UT. We can provide a number of solutions to restore, remodel, or create a new look for your home. The quality and variety of vinyl siding options continue to improve and it remains one of the top building materials in Northern Utah.