Potential Problems With Insulated Vinyl Siding: Fact or Fiction?

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Even though insulated vinyl siding has existed for nearly 30 years, it has recently enjoyed something of a surge in popularity. If you’re thinking about investing in this type of siding for your upcoming home renovation, you probably have some questions you need to have answered beforehand. We’ve developed this guide to help you make the right choice for your household.

There’s a lot of conflicting information out there regarding the pros and cons of insulated vinyl siding. It’s hard to know what to believe! As you continue reading this guide, you will see whether common pieces of information are fact or fiction. Remember, too, that the Hatch Homes team will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have about insulated vinyl siding or your specific project before we begin working.

Fact: Insulated vinyl siding is tougher to install.

Although it is true that insulated vinyl siding is a bit harder to install than traditional siding, this shouldn’t discourage you from using it on your house. Any qualified installer will have the proper tools and know-how to get your insulated siding up with no problems.

One of the major differences between installing insulated siding and conventional siding is that insulated panels can only be cut with a table saw, or a hand saw, whereas traditional panels can be sliced with simple hand snips. Additionally, because the insulated siding is thicker than standard siding, windows and doors must be built-out more.

Fact: Insulated vinyl siding usually costs more than standard siding.

Many variables must be taken into consideration when thinking about the price of any siding, but typically insulated panels do cost more than traditional, non-insulated ones. Remember, you may make-up this extra cost in your utility bills over time.

Furthermore, if your home doesn’t currently have insulation or if the insulation needs to be upgraded, you will have to pay for that in addition to conventional siding panels. This issue won’t affect everyone, but it is something to bear in mind.

If you know you want insulated vinyl siding, but you’re concerned about the added expense, keep your eyes peeled for sales; many home improvement stores throughout the Carolinas have special offers on siding at various times of the year.

Fiction: Insulated vinyl siding holds moisture.

Some people believe that insulated vinyl siding holds moisture, ultimately resulting in mold and mildew issues. This is not true, and third-party testing groups have proven that insulated siding panels actually dry more quickly than other types of exterior coverings, largely due to the fact that they lead to higher wall cavity temperatures.

Fiction: Vinyl siding panels and their insulation boards will eventually separate.

The fear of vinyl siding panels detaching from their attached insulated boards is one of the main things that prevents homeowners from choosing this exterior covering. It is not a valid concern, though, as the adhesive used to glue these two components together dries to create a permanent seal.

Furthermore, to quell any additional worries you may have, it bears noting that the vinyl and the insulation board have almost identical rates of expansion and contraction, meaning they move together during particularly hot or cold seasons. This should be especially reassuring to people who live in regions like Charlotte, NC, where all four seasons are experienced.

Fiction: Vinyl siding is brand new to the market.

Although vinyl siding is much newer than some other types of home coverings, such as wood and stucco, it has been around for nearly 30 years. Therefore, it has gone through rigorous testing, both by third-party groups and by homeowners. You can rest assured that insulated vinyl siding will withstand the test of time.

If you are interested in ordering insulated vinyl siding for your house, contact Hatch Homes today. One of our expert installers will visit your residence to assess your situation and provide you with a comprehensive quote. We’ve been serving homeowners in the Carolinas for years, and we know you’ll be thrilled with the level of professionalism and service we provide.

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