If you own a lakehouse for summer vacations and weekend getaways, then you probably want to keep it low-maintenance so you don't have to spend your weekends working on the house. When it's time to put new siding on your home, for instance, you can compare the pros and cons of each type to determine which requires the least amount of care. You may decide vinyl siding is a good choice for your vacation home. Here are some reasons to consider putting vinyl on your lakehouse.
Vinyl Can Mimic The Appearance Of Wood
You can choose several colors and styles of vinyl siding, but one option that might be perfect for your lakehouse is a brand that looks like cedar or other wood. The vinyl has a color and texture that makes it resemble wood, but it doesn't have any of the disadvantages of wood. This type of vinyl can give your house the look of a rustic cabin.
Birds And Bugs Won't Bother Vinyl
A house on a lake will be visited by wildlife, especially if woods are nearby too. If your home has wood siding, it is in danger of being damaged by wood-boring insects or birds that like to peck at wood. Pests and wildlife are not drawn to vinyl, so you won't have to worry about them causing damage. This gives you peace of mind when you're away from the house for long periods of time.
Vinyl Is Durable And Needs Few Repairs
Vinyl isn't indestructible, but it isn't easy to damage either. It has some flexibility so it won't dent when hit. It can also expand and contract along with the weather so warping isn't a problem as long as the panels are installed correctly. Vinyl won't rot due to humidity from the lake, so you won't need to make many repairs on it over the years.
It's possible that vinyl siding might crack, and if that happens, you can replace the cracked panel with a new one. When you have the siding installed, ask for some spare panels to save in the garage in case you ever need to replace a damaged section on your home. By having spares on hand, you'll have an exact color match for repairs.
Vinyl Requires Little Care
The best thing about having vinyl siding on a vacation house is that it needs little care. You may want to pressure wash it occasionally if it picks up dust from a dirt road or pollen stains from trees, but you won't have to paint or stain it. When you have two homes to maintain, finding building materials that need little upkeep is important, and vinyl could reduce the amount of work you need to do on your lakehouse when compared to wood siding.