There are a variety of choices in vinyl siding as it comes in many different thicknesses, colors, and grains. Some other benefits include easy maintenance, affordability, and durability.
Durability - A primary reason why vinyl siding is popular with homeowners is that it is so long lasting. It is very durable under most weather conditions without the fear of it being damaged. The newer vinyl siding has improved over the older varieties and is less likely to become brittle and crack. An added benefit is that vinyl siding can endure the sun's UV rays without the color fading.
Cost Effectiveness - Vinyl siding is very cost effective over the long term. It does not require repainting and other maintenance like wood does. Obviously the cost of siding depends on the size of the application and the quality of the siding selected. The thickness and the grain are two factors that will affect the overall cost. Some homeowners also consider siding as an added layer of insulation, which helps to lower utility bills.
Maintenance - The maintenance required for vinyl siding is minimal. It doesn't fade from weather or sunlight and never has to be painted. All that is required to keep vinyl looking great is an annual or semi-annual pressure washing. Over time, moisture can become an issue, but that is easily remedied by re-caulking the joints between the trim and the vinyl siding.
Appearance - There are many varieties of colors and grains to choose from. The color of the siding is actually baked into the vinyl instead of being merely surface applied. This is why the color stays looking new for many years and shows no surface flaws or scratches.