Is Insulated Vinyl Siding Really Effective?

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If you’ve spent any time researching new vinyl siding over the past year or two, the odds are good that you’ve run across information about insulated vinyl siding. This product hasn’t been on the market too long but is already quite popular in certain demographics. People who are in the midst of new construction projects, for example, have frequently started to request that their builders use insulated vinyl siding instead of traditional vinyl siding.

You might be wondering, though, how well-insulated vinyl siding really works. It is more expensive than conventional siding, so it’s imperative to know you’ll be getting a solid return on your investment if you choose to buy it. As you read this guide, you will see some common questions and answers that have to do with insulated siding. Hopefully, by the time you reach the end, you will have a better idea of whether or not it’s the right choice for your family.

How long has insulated vinyl siding been around?

Although this type of siding has certainly gained popularity in recent years, it’s actually older than you’re probably expecting. It was first released in the mid-1990s and has been used on over 500,000 houses to date. Despite these statistics, though, most homeowners don’t know much about how insulated vinyl siding really works, which is where this article comes in.

How much energy savings does insulated siding provide?

Generally, popular insulated siding panels have R-values of 2.0 to 3.5, which is similar to the values of brand-name flat board insulation options. The difference is that there is no gap whatsoever between the insulation and the siding when a homeowner chooses insulated vinyl siding. With any other type of insulation, there is a possibility that the insulation pieces will eventually settle or dislodge.

The stated R-value on insulated vinyl siding is the effective R-value; this means that thermal bridging and any other potential issues have already been accounted for. Third-party research groups have determined that insulated vinyl siding can lower families’ heating and cooling bills by about 16%. Over time, your savings will definitely add up! You should consider, however, that depending on where you live in the Carolinas; your actual savings may be above or below this baseline; more temperate regions will have lower utility bills in general, so savings may not be as dramatic.

Will I have to worry about mold or mildew?

It is not uncommon for homeowners to be under the mistaken impression that insulated vinyl siding can contribute to exterior moisture problems. People are concerned that the siding will absorb moisture, ultimately causing mold and mildew to develop. In third-party testing, however, insulated vinyl siding has proven to hold-up extremely well, even under very damp circumstances. In fact, it does not contribute to mold and mildew development in any way.

As a matter of fact, insulated siding is drier than many other exterior coverings. Its thermal resistance offers both lower heat flow than traditional insulation, which conserves energy, and increased wall cavity temperature, which causes moist areas to dry faster than they would otherwise.

Is insulated vinyl siding more durable than other options?

People who are thinking about having insulated vinyl siding installed on their houses often wonder about the durability of this exterior covering. It is, some homeowners are surprised to learn, one of the most durable choices on the market these days. Because insulated vinyl siding has contoured insulation attached to it, it has a built-in stabilizer that functions, in essence, as a shock absorber. This means it is less likely to be damaged by hail, heavy winds, or even errant balls from neighborhood baseball and basketball games.

If you think insulated vinyl siding is the right choice for your upcoming exterior remodeling project, we hope you will contact the Hatch Homes team soon. Our skilled installers understand the importance of doing a job right the first time and will be happy to answer any questions you may have before and during the installation. Call us today to schedule a consultation

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