Is Vinyl Siding a Good Investment for Louisville Homeowners? Tuesday, Oct 27 2020 

Any homeowner who has done their homework in choosing new siding has heard about vinyl siding. There are a number of ways that vinyl siding seems like an obvious choice—low maintenance, long life, and a variety of colors and styles. But there are advantages and disadvantages to any building material. Many depend on your location and your budget. Read on to learn the answer to, “Is vinyl siding a good investment?”

Photo of a house with vinyl siding

Durability

One of the most well-advertised advantages of vinyl siding is its durability. Good quality, well-maintained vinyl siding, like most plastic products, can last several lifetimes.

There are some caveats to this, however.

  • Poor installation can dramatically affect the durability and lifespan of the siding.
  • Don’t hang it too tightly or the vinyl will warp and crack.
  • On the flip side, hanging it too loose and wind can get under the panels and cause warping.
  • It’s also important to understand that hail, debris, and other small objects can puncture vinyl siding.

Pro tip: Don’t put your grill or BBQ near vinyl siding as its high heat can make it warp or melt.

Sustainability

Making environmentally friendly decisions in purchasing has become a real priority for many homeowners in recent years. Looking at all the aspects of vinyl siding, from its manufacturing to its disposal, shows some serious drawbacks for homeowners who wish to center sustainability in their purchasing.

Most vinyl siding is made from non-renewable oil. The processes used to manufacture them are very toxic. In addition, because most vinyl siding is mostly made overseas, there will be transportation costs which also factors into the equation.

While the type of plastic used for vinyl siding is quite recyclable, this isn’t a common practice, and it is more likely that your vinyl siding will eventually end up in a landfill. This means that it will either sit there for hundreds or thousands of years or be burned, contaminating the air and soil.

Maintenance

Vinyl siding is actually quite easy to maintain. While wood has to be periodically painted or stained, vinyl doesn’t require any sort of painting. Wash your siding every year or so to maintain the vinyl’s freshness. Other than this, your vinyl side is maintenance-free.

There are, however, some unique maintenance worries when it comes to vinyl siding. Mold and mildew are common problems since moisture can easily become trapped between the panels and cause serious rot. Just something to keep an eye on.

Energy

Most types of vinyl siding provide less insulation compared to other options. There are, however, some types of vinyl that can really help. There have been significant strides made in insulted vinyl, which can help to reduce your heating bill.

On the other hand, the majority of vinyl sidings simply hang on your house and protect the underlying structure from the elements. This isn’t to say, however, that you shouldn’t consider insulated vinyl if you can afford it.

Property Values

Vinyl siding is one of the most stable investments you can make regarding your property values. New homes in the U.S. often use vinyl siding, so choosing vinyl siding in your remodeling will give your home a clean, modern look.

If you plan to replace your home’s exterior then vinyl siding will likely be the least expensive option available to you. Restoring old, wood siding can be expensive. Replacing with a fiber-cement product will cost more but will improve the property’s value more than vinyl siding.

As you can see, vinyl siding certainly has its pros and cons. Deciding whether vinyl siding is a good investment is a personal choice, but in many situations, it is a good investment that holds its value fairly well.

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Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani announce engagement Tuesday, Oct 27 2020 

As part of the couple's engagement announcement, Blake Shelton thanked Gwen Stefani for "saving my 2020...And the rest of my life."

        

Victim identified in Monday homicide near Pleasure Ridge Park in Louisville Tuesday, Oct 27 2020 

Tyler Lanham, 22, has been identified as the victim of a fatal shooting that occurred Monday on Brookview Drive in Louisville.

       

2020 Kentucky Mr. Basketball Dayvion McKnight is ‘way ahead of the curve’ at WKU Tuesday, Oct 27 2020 

WKU men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury also discusses Louisville bubble and conference schedule and his team as the season starts next month.

       

22-year-old Louisville man dies after shooting near his home in Parkwood neighborhood Tuesday, Oct 27 2020 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man who was hospitalized in critical condition after a shooting near the Parkwood neighborhood Monday afternoon has died.

Indiana receives 10-year extension of Healthy Indiana Plan Tuesday, Oct 27 2020 

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday.

        

University cancels in-person December commencement, opts for virtual ceremony Tuesday, Oct 27 2020 

By Madelin Shelton — 

The University of Louisville has announced that 2020’s December commencement will take place virtually on Dec. 12 at 4:00 p.m.

“Each unit will have a virtual ceremony with traditional university-wide elements,” the university said in a letter to the class of 2020.

Despite the university observing a strong desire among student surveys for an in-person ceremony, U of L said, “The elements of the traditional ceremony that students identified as most important cannot be safely accomplished in the current environment.”

The university disclosed that the decision was made after considering the current COVID-19 situation and after seeking guidance from public health and infectious disease professionals, the university’s COVID Coordinating Committee, and other university leadership.

Finalized details are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

The December commencement was to host those who will be graduating after the fall semester and those who graduated in May 2020 but still wanted to partake in an in-person ceremony, as all spring commencements were canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While students needed to have ordered their cap and gowns by Oct. 12 to guarantee a delivery by Nov. 18, they can still be ordered through Dec. 31. These items will be shipped to the address students list on their order. Those can be ordered here.

U of L will also be offering photo sessions on campus before Thanksgiving for graduating students. Further details about this will also be provided in the coming weeks.

File Graphic // The Louisville Cardinal

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Capacity at Rupp Arena to be limited for 2020-21 Kentucky basketball season Tuesday, Oct 27 2020 

Fan capacity at Rupp Arena for the 2020-21 Kentucky basketball season will be severely limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

       

White Castle to close for 4 hours on Election Day to give employees time to vote Tuesday, Oct 27 2020 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- White Castle is giving employees paid time off to vote.

Louisville physician facing felony strangulation charge pleads guilty to misdemeanor, avoids jail Tuesday, Oct 27 2020 

In addition, three charges of harassment with physical contact against John Rademaker were dismissed in Jefferson District Court on Tuesday, according to court records.

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