Recent years have shown that vinyl does a poor job of protecting the home underneath. Moisture is sealed in, so the structure cannot “breathe”. This provides a haven for termites and bacteria which eventually destroy the structure underneath. Cost is often a consideration for choice of siding or window materials, however there are other better options. The Community Development Manager can provide you with information about other man-made materials which offer better durability at reasonable cost. In addition, state income tax credit programs are available to help with renovation costs only if appropriate materials are used. Use of vinyl will disqualify a home from these programs.
Our Historic Design Guidelines are also a great source of information. The guidelines were written to assist property owners when planning an improvement project, to ensure that the proposed work will help preserve the historic character of the property and the neighborhood. Remember that any exterior changes to property located within the historic districts are subject to review before the project begins.