By fiderioandsons Feb 22, 2013
Whether you own a home or a business, everyone is interested in saving energy and money on utility bills. Introduced in the late 1990s, insulated siding has grown in popularity due to the increased focus on energy efficiency in construction. Insulated vinyl siding can greatly improve a home’s energy efficiency performance.
What Is Insulated Siding?
Insulated siding is vinyl siding that has been manufactured to incorporate a thick insulation. Insulated vinyl siding is maufacturer-installed with rigi
d foam plastic insulation that is permanently adhered to the siding. Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is the most commonly used insulation material manufactured for insulated siding. According to the Vinyl Siding Institute, the adhesives used in insulated siding are permanently flexible, which allows for the normal expansion and contraction that occurs in vinyl siding. Insulated siding has experienced consistent growth, with commercial and residential markets, as a premium siding option.
Why Do You Need Insulated Vinyl Siding?
Insulated vinyl siding offers several benefits for homeowners and builders.
While insulated vinyl siding may cost more than traditional vinyl siding, it is similar in price to wood or concrete siding. While the initial cost is slightly higher, the return on investment in energy savings and minimal maintenance is well worth it.
Just like classic vinyl siding, insulated vinyl siding is available in a wide array of colors and patterns. One of our favorite siding providers, Certainteed, offers CedarBoards’ Insulated Siding. This insulated siding provides all of the benefits of insulated siding with the authentic look of natural wood.
Insulated siding blocks the majority of outside noise, providing a quieter, more comfortable home. Insulated siding reduces draft and puts less stress on thermostats, air conditioners and furnaces.
As with any vinyl siding, insulated vinyl siding also requires less overall maintenance. The insulated foam, like EPS, does not absorb any exterior moisture, nor does it bend or warp. Some insulated siding also provides better weather performance when compared to traditional vinyl siding.
Insulated vinyl provides value that can reduce energy use, and therefore is recognized by building and energy efficiency programs. Both the Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognize that insulated siding can improve a home’s energy efficiency. Insulated vinyl siding can actually increase the R-value of a building, which reduces energy consumption and related CO2 emissions. Energy Star, cosponsored by the EPA, mentions vinyl siding as an option to comply with thermal bridging requirements to earn the Energy Star recognition for new homes.
Insulated siding also meets the requirements of vinyl siding and foam plastic insulation in the International Residential Codes and the International Building Code. Tax deduction programs may also be available to building owners that install insulated siding. With all of these energy efficiency benefits, insulated vinyl siding will greatly reduce your monthly energy bills.
Looking to upgrade your home’s exterior and reduce your bills? Download Fiderio & Sons free vinyl siding checklist to see how your home can benefit from vinyl siding.