Benefits of Insulated Vinyl Siding
You are probably familiar with vinyl siding, which is found on many homes in Virginia. What’s less familiar to many homeowners is insulated vinyl siding, which looks very much the same yet comes with a longer life, improved comfort, and reduced energy loss. Here’s why insulated or thermal vinyl siding is usually worth the upgrade.Dramatic Energy Savings
Insulated siding has an EPS foam insulation backing that significantly boosts your siding’s R-value, a measure of how well a material can resist heat flow. While your exterior walls have insulation between the studs, the wood and metal wall studs makeup about 25% of your walls and allow for significant energy loss. EPS foam insulation actually fills these gaps to blanket your home and dramatically reduce energy loss through the studs.Standardized tests have found an increased R-value of 2.0 to 2.7 or even more with thermal siding — a dramatic increase considering standard vinyl siding is rated around R-0.61. According to Progressive Foam, which invented thermal siding technology, research finds that insulated siding can reduce your HVAC costs by an average of 14%.
The regular siding looks great at first but over time its appearance will degrade due to temperature changes, sun exposure, and the elements. Insulated siding actually improves the appearance of your siding for years to come because it’s a more rigid product that levels the underlying wall. This reduces imperfections in the appearance of your siding so it can maintain its shape.Better Durability
Most siding is not designed to protect your home from impact and damage; just keep out the elements. Some siding even leaves a void between the wall and the siding that leaves the product vulnerable to damage. Insulated siding has a contour that provides better protection against damage from rocks, hail, and thrown objects.Sound Dampening
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