A Guide to Insulated Vinyl Siding vs. Traditional Vinyl Siding

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If you are planning to have new vinyl siding installed on your North Carolina or South Carolina home in the near future, there are a number of decisions you need to make before the process can get underway. You will, for example, have to determine what color you want your home to be, what brand of siding is the best choice for you, and, first and foremost, what your budget for your upcoming exterior renovation is. 

As you begin researching various vinyl siding options, you may discover some product lines you didn’t even know existed before. This is especially true if it’s been awhile since you last had your house sided. You might not, for example, even be aware of the fact that insulated vinyl siding exists! This product, however, has been around for awhile and is a great option for anyone who is looking for a way to lower utility bills and a long-lasting product that will enhance curb appeal. 

As with any home renovation project, the first thing you need to consider is your budget. Once you have an idea of how much you can afford to spend, it will be easier to determine if insulated siding or traditional siding is right for you. 

First, let’s take a look at the factors that make insulating siding boards — in most cases, at least — more expensive than conventional, uninsulated styles:

  1. Extra material – This is an obvious point but should still be noted. Because insulated vinyl siding requires more material to manufacture, it is priced higher to account for this. 
  2. Additional shipping costs – More expensive shipping for bulkier materials can impact you even if you don’t order your insulated siding online. For example, if the store you buy from paid additional fees to get the product shipped to them in the first place, you, too, might have to pay a higher mark-up than you would for traditional siding.
  3. Installation is tougher – There are additional steps involved in properly installing insulated siding, which means that installers often charge Carolina homeowners more for labor than they would to install traditional siding. This is another factor that can make insulated siding boards more costly. 

The above issues relate specifically to the cost of insulated vinyl siding, but there are other things that will affect the final price of your North Carolina or South Carolina renovation, no matter what type of siding you select. These are outline below:

  1. The size of your house – The larger your residence is, the more exterior wall space it is likely to have, which in turn, means you will have to buy more siding than someone with a smaller house. This automatically increases remodeling costs for homeowners who live in houses with a significant amount of square footage.
  2. How many windows and doors you have – This issue may not have even occurred to you, but the more windows and doors there are in your house, the more money your siding project is likely to cost. This is because siding has to be cut to fit around these openings, which makes more work for your installation crew. 
  3. The siding color you select – Generally speaking, darker siding colors — including maroon, navy, and deep gray — are priced higher than lighter shades — such as white and tan. If you have your heart set on a dramatic dark-colored residence, be prepared for a more expensive remodeling job. 

If you have questions about any type of siding, including insulated siding, contact the team at Hatch Homes at your earliest convenience. We are here to help you find the right cladding project for your upcoming Carolina renovation project and will assist you every step of the way!

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