Vinyl is cost effective. From the price of the material itself to the actual install, vinyl costs nearly 400% less than brick does. While both have very little long-term maintenance costs, vinyl will give you all the same benefits of brick but at a much more cost effective rate. Plus, since vinyl siding weighs considerably less than brick, it will cost a lot less to ship it to the job site which will make both contractors and homeowners happier in the end.
Vinyl comes with a wide variety of profiles available to the home owner. While brick is widely recognized for its appeal, it tends to lean towards the more traditional look for houses. Design is often limited to just a few looks and nothing more, whereas vinyl can go everywhere from Colonial to modern styles. With a wide variety of trims and colors, vinyl siding can be customized to suit a variety of architectural styles including Queen Anne and Craftsman. With enough planning vinyl can be suited to match every personal taste and need.
Vinyl creates a substantially lesser environmental impact than brick. From manufacturing to waste, the footprint that vinyl leaves on the earth is much less than that of brick. Per BEES software analysis, vinyl siding shows not only to make less of an impact than brick in areas like total embodied energy, it also shows to only consist of 1.9% of the total waste on a construction site, versus the 12.5% of brick. Not only that but the production of brick and mortar is responsible for generating almost 10 times the dioxin generated by the production of vinyl siding.