Vinyl or Brick, Which Siding is Right for You?

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Finding the right siding is a difficult decision, but a decision that any homeowner building a new home or remodeling must make. This is a decision that must be made carefully as it will affect your life as a homeowner for years to come. By taking an in-depth look into two of the more popular options for siding, vinyl and brick, hopefully you can make a more informed decision on which one is right for you.

There are many different factors and criteria to consider when comparing these two established siding options. No particular siding is appropriate for everyone, as every home has its own unique individual situation along with the personal preference of the homeowner. However, by meticulously weighing the pros and cons of each against your own personal taste and living situation, it is possible to determine which material is best for your house.

Cost
The most appropriate place to start when comparing these two types of siding would be with cost, as this is a factor that you would consider with not only siding but any purchase you make.

Part of the reason vinyl siding has become so popular is because of its cost. Vinyl siding is made of inexpensive material and this, coupled with the fact that vinyl is easy to install, allow for vinyl to be one of the most affordable options for siding available.
Brick siding on the other hand, is on the opposite end of the siding price spectrum. Brick is a relatively expensive material and thus, brick siding is one of the more expensive siding choices around.

ADVANTAGE: Vinyl

Durability
Another important factor to consider when comparing vinyl and brick is durability. Durability is significant when comparing siding materials because repairs can be expensive and you want something that will last.

The color in vinyl siding is permeated throughout the material, so there is little concern for scratching or denting as these types of damages don’t show up too much. However, this color will tend to fade over time after prolonged exposure to the sun. Also, it is possible for vinyl to become brittle in very cold climates where it can be more susceptible to damage. If you have to replace a damaged panel on a house where the color has faded, anything short of using a color measuring device makes it extremely difficult to match colors.

As you can imagine, brick is quite durable. Brick is a hard and sturdy material, and one of the most (if not the most) durable options for siding. Unlike vinyl, the color of brick doesn't fade over time and brick is much more resistant to fire and heat than vinyl siding. Another advantage of brick siding is that it is resistant to pesky insects like termites.

ADVANTAGE: Brick

Maintenance
Along with cost and durability, you are probably concerned about how much maintenance will be associated with your siding selection.
Aside from being inexpensive, vinyl is also widely known for being low-maintenance. Vinyl siding typically only requires being washed with a power washer a couple times a year along with possibly needing re-caulking for joints and places where the siding meets trim every once in a while.

Brick siding is also known for being relatively low-maintenance. Brick never needs to be painted or repainted and due to its high durability repairs are rarely needed.

ADVANTAGE: Tie

As you can see, vinyl and brick each have their own advantages and disadvantages. The key is to consider these strengths and weaknesses and consider how they mesh with your personal situation and tastes. Although it is hard to go wrong with either brick or vinyl, hopefully the by reading this article you can measure all factors carefully and identify the type of siding that is ideal for your home.

Daniel Harris works with BYK Additives & Instruments who specializes in instruments designed for color measure. When Dan’s not comparing the best options for siding, he enjoys exploring the other ways color influences our homes.