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Michael, Home Buyer in Kirkland, WA

What are the pros and cons of vinyl sidings in the pacific northwest? Specifically in the Seattle area?

Asked by Michael, Kirkland, WA Sat Jan 31, 2009

Currently we live in Kirkland and are thinking of looking at some other properties. Any information would be appreciated.

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I agree with all of the answers below. Additionally, vinyl needs to be cleaned and treated on a regular basis to prevent damage and excessive wear. In windy areas, it tends to rip off the building. Spend the money on another type of siding! I have this siding on an apartment building that I purchased; I wouldn't recommend it!

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Michael,

I don't want to repeat what has already been said. Installed correctly and well maintained, vinyl siding is fine.
The problem is in the minds of buyer's. Right or wrong, many buyers I have worked with see vinyl siding and wonder what it is covering. The snap assumption on some people's mind is that vinyl siding is like painding over a problem. They think there must be a reason it was put on in the first place. Just be aware of this concern and make your offer accordingly to account for a future discouns a buyer may make when you go to resell the home.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 1, 2009
Excellent comments below. I would just add that vinyl is a toxic substance that will probably cost more to dispose of when the time comes. Any offer you make on an investment property should consider all of the previous negative comments as well as the perceived stigma vinyl siding has with much of the public. My concerns would be how old is it? Who installed it? What is the condition of what it is covering, etc.
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Michael,

I'm a Realtor, but my background is as a Mechanical engineer during which time I worked as a design engineer in the window business. The fact of the matter is vinyl siding installed correctly is fine. Also, you can get around many of the future buyers concerns by taking good photos prior to the install. However, I totally agree with Kenzie...all the homes I've built and remodeled I re-sided with Hardiplank...it is a great product. In many neighborhoods - especially Kirkland - vinyl will de-value your property...similar to installing a Pergo instead of a real or even engineered hardwood floor. I personally would only consider vinyl on longterm holds in less valuable areas where I wanted to avoid maintenance. One last thing...if you go the vinyl route make sure it is installed correctly...the water issues are typically created by poor flashing practices and insuffienct caulk (aka they let too much water behind the siding).
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 31, 2009
In addition, it's possible that homes with vinyl siding could be covering older wood material that has been moisture damaged, and could cause future issues. Home inspectors can't see under the vinyl in most cases, so it's difficult to know what you're dealing with. In many cases, it's more easily damaged and can't be painted, so if you want to update the color, you're out of luck. Most home buyers that I've worked with in the past are turned off by it aesthetically as well. If you're looking at buying a home with vinyl siding, I would have concerns for those reasons.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 31, 2009
Michael,
Here is a link about vinyl siding... http://architecture.about.com/cs/repairremodel/a/vinyl.htm. It is a type of siding that is inexpensive for people to use but not the best siding to use. I work for CamWest, a high end builder and the only product they use on their homes is semplank, a hardipanel material. This is possibly the highest end product currently on the market.
Give me a call or email if you need any assitance in your home purchase! I would love to help you!
Kenzie Kipper
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 31, 2009
Vinyl siding issues are more than skin deep. In areas of the country where the rain is prevelent, vinyl siding can be the source of numerous problems. Vinyl siding itsel is not waterproof. Trapped moisture can cause structural damage, mold, mildew, and insect infestations.
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