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Vinyl has been one of the most common siding choices for both commercial and residential projects for many years. The main reason for this, among others, is the fact that Vinyl Siding is relatively inexpensive compared to visually similar cladding systems.
Another factor that attracts clients to this type of siding is its versatility; thanks to its composition, it is quite easy to produce vinyl siding in countless shapes and colours. With so many easily accessible products, including fascia and soffit, combined a long list of shades and textures, it is no wonder why Vinyl Siding products have made a name for themselves in today’s construction market. Below we will take an in depth look at various different Vinyl Siding Systems, their associated advantages and disadvantages as well as how much you should expect to budget for your project.

Types of Vinyl siding:

Horizontal vinyl siding: Traditional Lap, Beaded and Dutch Lap

This style of siding is by far the most popular and traditionally used type of Vinyl Siding. Consisting of long horizontal boards, each one overlapping the last, this familiar cladding design is a common sight across throughout the world. With countless different profiles available, each designed to mimic different shapes wood lap siding or shiplap siding, it is easy to understand how Traditional Lap, Dutch Lap and Beaded siding have become so widely chosen for cladding projects for the past decades.
These different styles of siding all fit within the same category of horizontally installed vinyl cladding, but they are far from identical. Traditional Lap siding is manufactured to resemble Wood or Fibre Cement lap siding, however each panel of vinyl siding is shaped into 2 planks effectively reducing the installation time by nearly half that of classic lap siding.
The Dutch Lap and beaded profiles showcase the more distinct shadow lines displayed in shiplap or tongue and groove systems. With siding panels designed much the same way as standard vinyl lap siding, each one of these vinyl panels can cover multiple rows of a traditional wood shiplap or tongue and groove system thus decreasing the overall installation cost. No matter which Horizontal Vinyl Siding profile you are interested in, the materials are easily accessible and relatively inexpensive.

Board and batten siding or vertical vinyl panels

Although horizontal vinyl siding is the most popular type, there are many other types of siding made of from the same composition. By choosing a vertical vinyl panel system for your project, whether as the primary system or only used in the gables and on specific feature walls, you are ensuring that your newly clad home or business will stand out. Most may not think to use vertical siding because it is not as common but given that the materials are readily available in the same colour choices as the horizontal alternative, there is no reason you should not explore the options if you are interested in vinyl siding.
One important advantage associated with vertical siding is the effect it has on the overall design of your home. Installing long vertical panels on any exterior wall will give it the visual effect of being much taller than it really is and whether the vertical trims are closer together or further apart will completely change the final design of your project. These pros alone can be enough to sway one’s choice towards choosing vertical siding, but that is not the only aspect to consider. Vertical siding systems usually consists of Panels and Battens and despite being fabricated from the same base materials; they are formed into a much thicker siding material than a standard overlapping horizontal systems. The best way to fully appreciate the visual effect of a vertical siding system is to see it in person and we would be happy to guide you towards one of our previously completed projects in order to do so.

Vinyl shake siding and scallops

Vinyl products do not end at standard horizontal plank or board and batten systems. Also available are shingle and scallop panels. These consist of a repeating pattern that resembles a traditional cedar shingle profile or even a more architectural scallop shape. There are many options available when it comes to vinyl shingle panels; you can procure these with either a straight or staggered bottom edge in order to meet the desired design. As with other vinyl products, these are available in a variety of different colours and each one is mixed into the vinyl during the manufacturing process which eliminates the need for touch ups if any siding products are damaged during the installation. This is no different for Scallops, this profile is very popular when it comes to heritage homes and more traditional home builds. Vinyl Scallop Panels are a great way to make your home or business stand out amongst standard Vinyl siding installations.

Vinyl stone siding

Each type of siding that has been discussed so far are either designed to resemble wood in texture or smooth seamless surfaces. However, there are many other types of material on the market including those made to mimic the appearance of Stone cladding. These panels are installed using much of the same simple techniques as other Vinyl systems which means that you can enjoy the appearance of Stone without paying a premium for the materials and installation costs of the natural alternative. Though experts and professionals in the masonry field may be able to immediately notice the difference in composition between vinyl siding and natural stone, most would have no idea at first glance.
This material can be used to cover the entirety of your cladding project, however, it is often used to accentuate certain areas of the structure. For example, you can install this type of siding over the height of a corner or along the bottom of a wall to give your home a traditional appearance. If you are interested in using vinyl products for your upcoming siding project, please feel free to contact us for more information.

Painting vinyl siding

With many colours available throughout various different manufacturers, the need for painting vinyl siding may not even be a concern for you upon installation of the product. However, if you are unable to find a colour that meets your expectations or if your previously installed siding has faded and requires a fresh coat, vinyl siding products can easily be coated with most standard exterior paint. It is worth mentioning that, if painting is required, the preparation process should be carefully planned in order to avoid inclement weather conditions such as precipitation or strong wind as this may prevent the paint from adhering correctly to the surface of the siding.
Prior to painting, the siding should be meticulously cleared of all dust and dirt; if any contaminants remain during the painting process, the paint may flake or peel prematurely and require additional work to remediate. It is highly suggested to use soap and water to make sure the cleaning is done as effectively as possible. To ensure the best possible paint coverage, it is possible to use a primer on the sidings surface as a first layer before applying the final paint coatings. It is also important select the correct type of paint for this application. A exterior graded latex paint is an ideal choice to complete the recoating of a vinyl siding system.
Please note that it is best to contact a professional exterior painting contractor to complete you paint application. If you are interested in having Orbis Group carry out your siding installation, we would be happy to take on the coating of your new siding in our scope of work. Simply let us know during the planning phase and we will be sure to include it in our initial quotation.

Vinyl siding installation

Many homeowners may be tempted to take on their siding installation in its entirety and install the products themselves, however, we highly suggest hiring a professional siding contractor to perform the installation. This may add cost to your overall construction budget, but given the experience and knowledge provided by a contractor, you are likely to end up saving on overall costs by preventing potential repairs and reworks that can easily be avoided. In most cases, professional installers will offer warranties that will provide peace of mind once the installation is complete.
 Keeping in mind that we do not suggest taking on the installation without correctly understanding your areas specific building requirements and the siding systems installation techniques, let’s discuss the general installation process. First and foremost, the exterior walls should be thoroughly cleared of any old siding products including protruding nails or screws. This can be done by simply removing the nails or by ensuring that they are flush with the sheathing. Once the walls are completely free of unnecessary obstacles and debris, the weather barrier can be applied to the walls. This membrane prevents any moisture that has penetrated your siding system from reaching the sheathing or framing of the wall. In most areas, it is required to install a rainscreen prior to installing siding panels. This creates a space between the siding and the weather membrane to allow for moisture to flow freely to the bottom of the system.
Now that the preparation phase is complete, all window trims can be installed followed by the siding system and each component can be installed using nails or screws through the slotted tab at the top of the panels. Vinyl siding is vulnerable to contraction and expansion, which should be taken into consideration when installing the panels. A small gap should be left between the siding and associated trims to ensure that the components can adjust freely as the temperatures change.

Vinyl siding cost

When planning any construction project, the budget is among the first discussions to be had. The price of a product can change the entire direction of a project if it does not meet budgetary requirements. Let’s quickly analyze the pricing associated with vinyl siding systems and their installation. Given the different systems available and their associated quality, the total material cost for your project can vary greatly depending on the system you choose. In an effort to narrow down budgetary pricing, we can discuss the cost of a vinyl siding system in 3 tiers. A basic vinyl siding system can cost as low as $___ to $___ per square foot for materials which would consist of standard horizontally mounted panels. Mid range products like panels and solid trims, also known as board and batten siding, are typically slightly more expensive than the basic profiles as the materials are quite a bit thicker. You can expect to pay between $___ and $___ for this type of system.
There exists many higher end vinyl products on the market, some offering wood grain finishes and much stronger and longer lasting materials. These specialty vinyl products can cost around $___ to $___ . These prices are not the only thing to consider. It is important to include installation costs in your overall budget.
Installation costs can vary greatly depending on the area where your project is located, the materials you have selected as well as the difficulty of your installation. The minimum you can expect to spend for the installation of a vinyl siding system is approximately $___ per square foot while higher end systems and more complex installations can cost up to $___ per square foot. Each system commands its own price point for both materials and installation. If you are looking to prepare for an upcoming siding project, you can feel free to contact Orbis Group and take advantage of our free quotation services. One of our many siding specialists would be happy to help you through the process of selecting the right materials for you and offering fair and honest pricing for the project.


Based on all we have already discussed about vinyl siding, there are many undeniable advantages that we have mentioned in passing. However, let us dive a little deeper into the specific advantages of associated with this type of cladding. This information will definitely be helpful if you are considering selecting vinyl siding products for your project.
1. Attractive price
The most notable advantage when using vinyl siding is the overall cost. This may not be a priority for everyone in the industry, however, it is well known that Vinyl products are generally the least expensive available on the market. In addition to the low material cost, this system is relatively easy to install which leads to lower installation costs as well. Combining both inexpensive materials and installation costs creates important overall budget savings for your project.
2. Diversity
In the past decade or so, vinyl siding manufacturers have added many siding options to the market. Not only have they added multiple different sizes and exposures to the ever-popular horizontal siding profiles, but there is now a wide variety of new colours available with today’s modern Vinyl systems.
In addition to the multiple new tones to choose from, there are now many textures and profiles readily available at your local construction material supplier. 
With new siding systems like vinyl board and batten or shingle panels and even trim and fascia products, it is no mystery how vinyl systems have remained at the top of the siding industry in popularity.
3. Sufficiently high strength characteristics
Many people believe that vinyl siding products are too fragile and can easily be damaged with the slightest impact. This assumption stems from the fact that some horizontal vinyl siding products are quite thin and flexible which makes them appear fragile. This first impression can be quite deceptive; most modern products are manufactured to withstand the effects of the average climate and are installed on millions of homes across the continent.
If you are intending to install a vinyl siding system in a high traffic area such as the interior of a car port or delivery bay, it may be a good idea to select thicker product to provide extra protection against unwanted impact but with products like ¾” trims, board and batten or even thicker horizontal siding, finding an alternative should not be a problem.
4. Minimal maintenance requirements
When comparing vinyl siding to natural siding systems made from wood or stone, vinyl has the upper hand in terms of maintenance requirements which can be a huge advantage for homeowners who want to avoid additional work over time. When using wood and stone products, regular coatings and treatments can be required to keep the surface of your siding looking clean and new.
The only yearly maintenance required for vinyl siding systems is a light cleaning with a pressure washer and a quick inspection to ensure that no damage or wear and tear has appeared on the surface of the siding. This siding doesn’t need to be painted because the physical composition of the siding is coloured. However, due to the composition of vinyl products, the colour can fade over time but it can easily be repainted using an exterior latex paint coating.


After looking over the pros of using vinyl siding, it is important to also discover the potential disadvantages that may come with selecting this type of system. After all, we want you to be as well informed as possible prior to making a final decision.
1. It looks like plastic
Although vinyl products are available in many profiles, colours and textures in huge quantities from multiple suppliers, the appearance and feel of these products remains relatively similar. Upon closer inspection, their plastic composition becomes obvious. At a distance, vinyl siding systems may offer a convincing appearance that resembles either wood or fibre cement but once you take a closer look, it is easy to determine that these materials are in fact made of plastic.
2. Not Environmentally Friendly
If you are trying to select environmentally friendly materials for your project, vinyl siding may not be a suitable option for you. Given that these panels are made of plastic, they may, in some cases be recyclable, however, construction materials are often disposed of as standard waste once they are due for replacement. It is also very difficult to find vinyl siding products made from recycled materials, which may deter those who are looking for sustainable materials for their project. Given that vinyl siding suffers a substantially shorter service compared to any other siding system, the need to dispose and replace the product causes vinyl to be one of the least environmentally friendly siding products.
3. Possibility of deformation
If you live in a exceptionally hot climate, you may want to consider using either a thicker profile of vinyl siding or a different system all together. The prolonged exposure to the sun can cause deformation to the siding as well as discolour the material over time. The siding can be repainted once the siding panels have faded in colour, however, if the siding becomes deformed, it can not be repaired and only replaced.
Another aspect to consider is that this siding is not designed to last as long as other products like steel or fibre cement. Once it has exceeded its service life, it can become slightly brittle and show damage in case of intense hail or localized impact. This is why we highly suggest contacting a knowledgeable siding contractor who can determine the performance needs for your specific project.

Vinyl siding FAQ

Which vinyl siding is the best?

Among the many manufacturers of vinyl siding products of various quality and profiles, it can be to pinpoint a specific leader in the field. We feel that Royal Building Products has proven itself particularly well over the past years. With dozens of different colours in a large variety of profiles readily available, they have become our go to when procuring Viny siding products.

Why is vinyl siding worse than fiber cement?

Fiber cement materials are considered to be better in quality than vinyl siding in composition. This is due to the fact that Fiber Cement is designed and produced to perform for extended periods in extreme weather conditions whereas Vinyl is designed to be an effective siding solution that is extremely budget friendly.

How much does it cost to side a 1500 sq ft house?

With many aspects of the project coming into play to determine the total cost, it is very difficult to predict the exact total cost. However, if you are looking for an approximate price in order to create a rough budget for your project, you can expect to spend between $___ and $____ in order to cover the exterior walls of a 1,500 sqft home.


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