During the height of the spring season, you may be taking a fresh look at your home and considering what updates to make now to prepare for the rest of the year. Investing in new siding is a great way to improve your home’s exterior defenses, enhance its appearance, and increase its resale value.
Insulated vinyl siding, specifically, is an energy-efficient option that homeowners in the Delaware Valley region may want to explore, considering the seasonal temperature fluctuations experienced throughout the year. Insulated vinyl siding has an outer shell made from standard vinyl backed by solid rigid-foam insulation that is shaped and glued to create a permanent seal. This design fills the space behind the siding’s stepped profile and strengthens the outer layer of the siding to prevent warping. The added insulation can also help lower home utility costs.
In this article, we’ll explore in more detail the specific reasons why homeowners should consider investing in insulated vinyl siding.
Reinforced Materials Made to Last
There’s a fundamental difference between how standard vinyl siding and insulated vinyl siding are constructed. Standard vinyl siding is hollow, which makes the material more flexible and therefore more prone to bending, tearing, and rattling. This empty space can also trap objects, debris, insects, or water that can damage and put stress on the siding. Moreover, the hollow space is dark and hidden from sunlight, which is conducive to mold growth.
On the other hand, insulated vinyl siding is constructed with a reinforced outer shell and is typically more weather-resistant and impact-resistant. The insulation fills in gaps and open seams, helping to create a watertight seal.
Insulated Vinyl Siding Improves Energy Efficiency
While interior walls are typically insulated, it’s not uncommon for heat and energy to bypass this insulation and escape through the studs or supporting walls. Insulated vinyl siding offers the advantage of an additional layer of insulation under each panel, creating another barrier to prevent heat and energy loss and helping to keep your home comfortable year-round. Insulated vinyl siding can also help prevent damages caused by temperature changes, such as freezing pipes, condensation, or warping of windows and doorways.
One of the key benefits of insulated vinyl siding is its higher R-value, which measures an insulating material’s resistance to conductive heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness. Overall, insulated vinyl siding helps take the stress off your HVAC system, saving you money on your monthly utility bill. While insulated vinyl siding can be pricier than standard vinyl siding, its energy efficiency can help offset the initial investment over time.
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Insulated Vinyl Siding Enhances Visual Appeal
Insulated vinyl siding uses interlocking panels that create a tight fit and seamless lines. The added insulation helps improve the overall appearance of the siding by leveling the wall to hide irregularities while offering support to maintain shape. Like other vinyl siding options, the material is also highly resistant to fading and discoloration to help keep your home looking sharp for years to come.
When selecting insulated vinyl siding, homeowners have a variety of textures and colors to choose from. Here at Advance Inc., we are proud installers of excellent insulated siding products, such as:
- Prodigy Insulated Vinyl Siding by Alside provides an additional layer of insulation on the outside of the home underneath each siding panel. This high-quality siding will help insulate your home, keeping it protected and comfortable year-round, while also maintaining a fresh and beautiful look.
- Fullback by CertainTeed is a siding insulation product designed to fit any siding panel. Fullback technology will aid in insulating your home, increasing your home’s overall energy efficiency.
Consider Your Vinyl Siding Options
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