Simply put, a well-insulated home is good for the planet and good for your budget. Aside from that, there are many other benefits to insulated vinyl siding that you may not have heard about. If you are looking to upgrade your home’s exterior while simultaneously benefitting its interior, insulated vinyl siding may be the perfect solution.
Read about why you need insulated vinyl siding from the experts!
Insulated vinyl siding is similar to standard vinyl siding, but it’s equipped with a rigid backing of solid foam insulation. This insulation is typically made of expanded polystyrene which also creates an area for glue to secure the panels to the building. This foam backing fills the stepped profile of the vinyl siding, creating a smooth and solid backing that attaches to the exterior of your home.
Thankfully, insulated vinyl siding is a very versatile choice, similar to standard vinyl siding. You won’t have to worry about sacrificing style and colors to get insulation on the exterior of your home.
While your home already has insulation in the walls, it is only between the studs and above and below the areas where the floor and ceiling joists meet the exterior walls. These points where the wooden building materials meet the exterior of the house are called “thermal bridges.”
Thermal bridges (also called cold bridges or thermal bypasses) are areas that allow the movement of heat more easily than the substances around them. As a result, heat can enter or escape through these deficiencies in your insulation, leading to lost energy and higher bills. Sheathing the exterior of your home in a continuous layer of insulation reduces the capacity of these thermal bridges to allow heat to pass through the walls of your home.
The expanded polystyrene backing of this siding adds R-value, which is the capacity to reduce heat movement. The insulated siding, therefore, helps to improve the energy efficiency of your home by reducing thermal bridging and keeping your home’s interior temperature more stable.
Standard vinyl siding is sometimes referred to as “hollow vinyl” because of the open spaces between the siding pieces and the building. Uninsulated vinyl siding can be susceptible to movement and damage because of this lack of support. Due to its insulation padding behind the vinyl and larger area for glue, insulated vinyl siding resists movement caused by wind and storms.
This solidity also increases the capacity to brace against impact, helping insulated vinyl siding to resist damage from recreational items like balls or projectiles like branches during a storm.
Due to the rigidity of insulated vinyl siding, the building and its siding looks and feels more solid. Insulated vinyl siding is able to bridge any contours or irregularities on the exterior of your home as well, which helps to hide flaws and adds further structural support.
With added uniformity and strength, the siding will upgrade the look of your home by making it appear neater and more substantial. Corner trim, edging, and other siding accessories are also an option to attach further decorative pieces to the stable base. These additions can amplify the solid nature of your dwelling and improve curb appeal.
Upgrades to your home like insulated vinyl siding can increase the resale value when you’re ready to move. Your siding upgrade project can be considered an investment in your home’s value even if you choose to keep living there. The return on investment (ROI) for a siding upgrade can be about 72% of the cost of the project according to data gathered in 2021.
Overall, insulated vinyl siding can increase the value of your home, improve energy efficiency, boost curb appeal, and strengthen the exterior.
Here at Advance Inc., we have helped thousands of homeowners in the Delaware River Valley and surrounding area realize their home’s true potential. We pride ourselves in providing quality service, in-home consultations, and expert installation with products from names like Prodigy, Charter Oak, Conquest from Alside, James Hardie, ProVia, and many more.Contact us today to upgrade your home with insulated vinyl siding.