Vinyl siding has never looked so good. And home remodeling experts have taken notice. A far cry from the vinyl siding of the past, the NEW vinyl siding that has recently been developed is very easy on the eyes. Not only is vinyl siding quickly becoming a fashion statement, but the ease of installation, maintenance, insulation value, and enhanced resale value are prompting savvy home buyers and homeowners alike to embrace this new twist on an established and proven siding choice.
There are two vinyl siding choices: Insulated and Non-Insulated siding. And their names say it all. Insulated vinyl siding (Structure D6 Board) employs a high R-Value foam in its construction, whereas non-insulated vinyl siding does not. Because additional material (high R-Value foam) is seamlessly contoured into the insulated siding, it insulates up to 5 times better than non-insulated siding, and nearly 30 times better than brick or stucco. This is a significant difference in R-Value when it comes to comfort and saving energy. The infographic below depicts this difference.
INSULATED VINYL SIDING
An Insulated Vinyl Siding Thermal System has numerous benefits. The natural beauty from longer, flat faces, significant insulation values, toughness, sustainability, and the peace of mind of a lifetime warranty are just a few of insulated siding’s advantages.
All vinyl siding is virtually maintenance-free, but insulated vinyl siding is the premier cladding system to achieve the look and performance desired. Whether it is a home renovation in Dallas / Fort Worth or Alaska, insulated vinyl siding is beautiful, durable, easy to maintain, thermally efficient, and affordable – which means you will spend your time enjoying your home instead of maintaining it. Siding for houses has come a long way in the past decade and the advantages of insulated siding are listed below.
- A Continuous Blanket of Insulation– Most homes have insulation between the studs along exterior walls, but heat can escape in winter (and enter your home in summer) through gaps and holes around windows, doors, and across wall studs. Insulated Siding not only covers exterior walls with a layer of continuous insulation, but it also covers problem areas around windows, doors, and corners with a range of insulated accessories. Insulated vinyl siding contains a permanent foam backing that fills in the gaps between the siding and the wall.
- Best Insulating Siding Available – Insulated siding is made with a premium, recycled-content vinyl siding panel permanently bonded to expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam to provide superior looks and performance over standard vinyl siding. It is more attractive, can feature more colors, offers more soundproofing, and has significant insulation properties as well as much greater impact resistance in a wide-style clapboard look. This additional insulation can bring the R-Value of the existing cladding up to an R-4 in certain instances. Although that number is well below code (13) for walls as a whole, it beats most of the alternatives and you’ll see energy savings and additional comfort above and beyond other insulation measures.
- Lowest Maintenance Siding Products Available – This reduces their lifetime costs compared to other siding materials. Whereas other materials might require scraping, painting, or calking, the only maintenance insulated vinyl siding needs is the occasional cleaning with a scrub brush, soap, and water.
- Keeps Water Vapor from Accumulating – An average family of four can produce four to six gallons of water vapor daily. This water vapor needs to be able to escape the home to prevent too much moisture from accumulating and causing problems in the walls. Like Dry Fit clothing, insulating siding allows moisture generated from daily activities to escape through the walls while at the same time protecting you from Mother Nature.
- Curb Appeal – Exterior walls play a large role in curb appeal and resale value. Replacing old, worn-out siding with insulated vinyl siding instantly increases a home’s value. And the return on investment (ROI) for insulated vinyl siding is about 75% – even better than a kitchen remodel or roof replacement when it comes to recouping investment dollars. Designer inspired colors such as navy, grey, sage, barn red, and charcoal are very popular and have led to insulated vinyl siding being preferred over many other siding options. Multiple styles are available that enable various looks such as craftsman, cottage, or traditional.
- Very Durable – With the addition of insulation that is now contour molded to the siding, insulated vinyl siding is now one of the most durable siding choices available to homeowners. Hail, rocks, and other projectiles now bounce off insulated vinyl siding instead of puncturing a hole through it. In Texas and other storm belt states, hail is a big problem. Insulated vinyl siding is a great solution to damage from these projectiles. Also, insulated vinyl siding has insecticide built into the foam and will kill termites if eaten, without harming people or pets.
- Lifetime Warranty – Insulated siding typically comes with a lifetime warranty that can be transferable to subsequent owners. This can bring peace of mind that an investment in the best type of siding will stand the test of time.
NON-INSULATED VINYL SIDING
Non-insulated vinyl siding, also called lap siding, utilizes its simple lines and ease of installation to its advantage. It doesn’t have the insulating properties that insulated siding has, but it is also less expensive and can be installed a little quicker.
In Texas and other southern states, additional insulation isn’t needed as much in the winter as it would be in Minnesota. Although, during hot summers, the additional insulating value of insulated siding can help keep air conditioning bills a little lower.
The two biggest disadvantages of non-insulated siding versus insulated siding is the fact that there is a lot less insulating value and less impact resistance with non-insulated siding as compared to insulated siding. Also, insulated siding can feature insecticide built into the foam, whereas non-insulated siding won’t have the insecticide infused foam. Other than these points, non-insulated siding is an excellent choice for a lot of home projects.
Vinyl siding styles of today include many different textures, shadow lines, and colors to meet individual preferences. If you’re looking for durable, low maintenance, lower cost, and beautiful looking siding, Non-Insulated Siding can be the ideal choice.
Siding can make a great option for exterior home renovation projects, and home remodeling can add substantial value to a home. The choice between insulated and non-insulated siding depends on the desired effect and each circumstance, but when it comes to adding additional insulation, better soundproofing, more durability, insect resistance, and an easy to maintain home exterior, it’s hard to beat insulated siding with its many benefits.