If you're looking for the greatest return on your home-improvement dollars, here's some news about vinyl siding. It's one of the few investments you're likely to recover when you sell your home.
Consumer Reports just tested vinyl siding and other plastic siding, and found they're better-made and better-looking than ever before.
Consumer Reports' Rico De Paz tested more than two dozen kinds of vinyl and plastic siding in a weather machine to see if they would fade.
It simulates exposure to sunlight, rain, and extreme temperature.
"All the vinyl siding that we tested did a great job of retaining its color." said De Paz. "That's very different from just six years ago when only one got an excellent score."
Another test measure the force needed to pull the siding from the house.
Watch how this siding buckles when air is pumped in from behind.
"You should look for vinyl siding with a double hem. That's what keeps it on the house with high winds," said De Paz.
When all the testing was done, Consumer Reports found a Best Buy at a low price.
It's Heartland's HeartTech vinyl siding for $75 per hundred square feet.
But this test shows the one drawback with all vinyl siding. When it's cold, it can crack.
You can avoid that problem with the plastic siding by CertainTeed. It's Cedar Impressions siding costs four times more, and earned top ratings in all Consumer Reports' tests.
Your contractor may prefer one type of siding over another. But Consumer Reports says because there are such big differences in siding, it pays to tell your contractor what you want.