Vinyl vs. Cedar Impression Siding

Boxford MA home with blue vinyl siding

Sidings do not only add to the curb appeal of your house. They can help you increase your house’s resale value and also offer several other structural benefits that can increase the lifespan of your house’s structure. What’s more, it can act as a barrier against harsh weather conditions and physical damage, protecting your house.

There are multiple house siding options (exterior and interior) with numerous benefits along with potential limitations. However, vinyl and cedar impression siding are traditional. Read further to better understand the difference between the two and make the right choice.

Vinyl Siding


Eco Friendly – most of the vinyl sidings these days are “green-approved,” and manufacturers carry approval from the National Association of Home Builders for third-party certification. They are eco-friendly despite the wide array of plastic and chemical compositions that certain manufacturers might use.

Durable – vinyl sidings have locking mechanisms and scratch-resistant abilities that make them durable and increase their lifespan.

Low Maintenance – all you need to maintain the color and appeal of your vinyl sidings is to use lukewarm. Besides that, occasional use of soapy water may help clean excessive dirt or mud.

Variety – modern vinyl sidings come with a plethora of options in terms of style, color, texture, and quality. Some may even carry the theme of stone veneers and wood-style texture!


Dents appear – despite its durability and scratch-resistance property, dents may appear that require replacing the complete panels.

Colors Fade – excessive UV (sunlight) exposure can adversely affect vinyl sidings, causing their color to fade. Thus, they may not be an ideal option for houses located in warm regions.

Harsh Weather – inappropriate measurement and installation can lead to cracks and breakage, especially when the vinyl sidings expand in the heat and shrink in the winter (cracks and dents appear).

Cedar Impression Siding


Attractive – traditional wooden sidings have been a popular trend as they represent the connection with nature and love for woods. Besides, who wouldn’t love to see classic cedar shingles and shakes over antique architectural spaces?

House Value – while the margin of difference between vinyl and cedar siding is thinning, wood is still more valuable than styrene-made vinyl. The classical wooden sidings improve the aesthetics and hence raise the value of the house.

Pest and Water Resistant – the source of cedarwood naturally make it pest and water-resistant, which means it can endure harsh weather conditions and add to your house’s curb appeal.


High-Maintenance – While the wood is valuable and weather-resistant, it does not mean that it is easier to maintain. The wood can deteriorate over time, especially due to harsh cleaning methods.

Expensive – as cedar sidings come from wood, it makes them expensive than other siding options.

Paint – paint on the cedar sidings can easily wear off due to various reasons, such as harsh weather. Thus, you may need to paint it frequently.


Are you finding it difficult to make a decision between vinyl and cedar impression siding? There is no need to worry anymore because Bay State Exteriors can provide you with the most reliable and supportive help you need.


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