Insulated Vinyl Siding: The Best Just Got Better
Vinyl siding has many things going for it that make it one of the best, if not the best, choice for siding material. However, just because it’s already a great product doesn’t mean that there isn’t room to make it even better. Insulated vinyl siding represents a significant improvement on the tried and proven vinyl siding product, but what exactly is it?
At its most basic, insulated vinyl siding is still the old vinyl siding you’ve come to know and love, but with one difference: a backing layer of insulating foam permanently attached to the back of the material. This forms an additional layer of insulation between the siding and the walls of your home.
It may seem like a small thing, but that added layer of foam insulation significantly improves the siding’s thermal resistance. This means that, compared to non-insulated vinyl siding, the insulated version is better at keeping outdoor heat out and indoor heat in.
While this contribution to your home’s overall energy efficiency is one of the biggest reasons to switch to insulated vinyl siding, the fact is that it is a good investment, above and beyond its ability to help lower your heating and cooling bills, sharing all of the other features that make vinyl siding the best choice of siding material. These features include:
- Return on investment. Though slightly more expensive than its un-insulated brother, insulated vinyl siding is still more affordable compared to other siding materials. Additionally, it can provide you with up to an 80% return on your investment, based just on the reduction of your energy bills.
- Available in a wide variety of colors and styles. As with normal vinyl, insulated vinyl siding is available in a wide assortment of colors and styles. Vinyl can even be made to mimic the look and feel of wood, giving you the decided elegance of the higher-end material without the tedious maintenance and high cost.
- One of vinyl’s biggest draws is that it’s immune to damage from moisture, mold, and insects. Insulated vinyl siding will also not fade even after long-term exposure to the sun and can withstand extreme variations in weather, rain, wind, snow, and ice, lasting up to 25 years.
- Low-maintenance. Given that it’s tough, insulated vinyl siding will require nothing more than regular cleaning and routine inspections to stay in shape. Vinyl is color-fast too so the siding material will never need scraping or painting.
So what are you waiting for? If you’re not already considering replacing your home’s existing siding for the new, improved, and clearly superior product that is insulated vinyl siding, ask yourself: why not? There’s no way you can go wrong with insulated vinyl siding. With all the established benefits of vinyl, plus the increased energy efficiency and the reduction in energy bills, it’s a smart investment that you’ll look back on with pride long after your new siding has paid for itself. To learn more about the siding option, don’t hesitate to call your local contractor today!
Terry Klara is DryTech Roofing & Home Solutions’ president and operations manager. Professional, detail-oriented, and organized, he has more than 25 years of experience that he reaches into when he shares his insights into the business on the company blog.