If you are looking for a siding material that is fairly cheap, easy to maintain and durable, then vinyl is probably going to be your choice. These are the reasons why it is the most common siding material by a fair margin.
Maintenance of vinyl siding can be as simple as going over it with a pressure washer to remove any buildup of dirt. Vinyl is not subject to any of the problems that are associated with metal siding, such as dents and rust. Unlike wood siding, it can’t be eaten by termites or attacked by woodpeckers. If it gets wet, it won’t rot or swell. Usually the color of vinyl siding doesn’t fade that easily, even when exposed to the elements.
Vinyl could get damaged by extreme temperatures. When it is very cold out, it could get brittle, and thus break when hit. If you place a grill or a fire-pit near vinyl siding, the heat could cause it to deform or even melt.