Looking for Low Maintenance Siding and Trim? Consider Vinyl or PVC

If you’re thinking about giving your home’s exterior a facelift, replacing the siding and trim is an investment that requires careful consideration. Choosing materials that demand little upkeep and boast longevity is crucial since your home’s exterior will endure extreme weather conditions and wear and tear over time. There are a number of cladding materials on the market today to consider that will both look good and last over the years.

Let’s take a closer look at how vinyl and PVC products outperform when it comes to upkeep, sustainability and versatility.

Low Maintenance

Vinyl and PVC composite siding products are known for being low maintenance when compared with other options, such as wood. Unlike other materials, vinyl and PVC composite siding won’t warp, rot or attract insects. They also won’t require painting or staining, which saves time and money.

Another advantage of vinyl and PVC composite siding is that it’s easy to keep clean. All that’s needed is a garden  hose and mild soap solution, instead of relying on costly professional cleaning services.

Pro Tip: With its on-trend profiles and colors, Royal® Vinyl Siding can complement any home’s style. Not only does it resist buckling, sagging and warping, Royal Siding requires less maintenance so homeowners can enjoy their home’s siding longer.

Sustainable and Energy Efficient

Vinyl siding maintains a lower environmental impact over its lifespan than other cladding materials. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) software to measure specific environmental concerns such as air pollution, acidification and global warming potential in the environmental life cycle of products. Throughout its life cycle, vinyl releases significantly fewer toxic chemicals into the environment than other siding materials and has a lower overall environmental impact.

Compared to vinyl siding, construction materials like fiber cement contribute 4x to global warming potential, 2x to acidification, and over 3x to air pollution. Compared to other common sidings, vinyl performs amazingly well. According to the NIST, vinyl has a lower environmental impact than brick, and even rivals some wood siding.

Vinyl and PVC composite siding can also be more energy-efficient than other materials. With less susceptibility to cracking and with options such as insulated siding, vinyl and PVC can provide a tighter seal and keep homes warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, lowering energy costs. 

Pro Tip: Royal Haven® Insulated Siding’s EPS foam offers significantly more insulating power than fiber cement with half the environmental impact. It also reduces noise by up to 45% for a quieter home.


With an array of trim and mouldings options, vinyl and PVC can be used in many ways to accent your home. Every detail of your home’s exterior is an opportunity to make a statement, and with vinyl and PVC, you won’t have to worry about replacing them due to weather or insect damage.

Pro Tip: Kleer® offers PVC trim products that can be used for exterior accents of any size, such as flower boxes that add color and life to your home. Royal® Column Wraps can also be used to give your front porch an upgrade and requires no more than a weekend to complete.

An exterior refresh is a major undertaking, and you won’t want to have to do it again anytime soon. With low maintenance siding and trim options, you can get creative with your home’s new look and enjoy it season after season. When you’re ready to get started, be sure to start with exploring all the options that Westlake Royal has to offer.

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