Energy Efficient Siding Options
There are more energy efficient siding options than you may think and they can do more than just change the look and feel of your home. Your siding is your home’s first line of defense against heat, wind, rain, and cold temperatures that can affect your energy performance. Combining the most energy efficient siding options with good housewrap and insulation can dramatically reduce your heating and cooling costs while keeping your home comfortable year-round. Here are some of the best siding options when energy efficiency is your top concern.
By far the best solution is thermal or insulated siding. This type of siding has permanent foam backing called EPS foam insulation that fills gaps between your wall and siding to increase the R-value of the cladding. Some brands can even achieve a rating of up to R-4 compared to regular vinyl siding which has a rating of around R-0.61. Thermal siding is also unique in that it insulates around wood studs which comprise nearly a quarter of your walls and contribute to heat loss.
Most insulated siding is vinyl, which is a versatile and affordable material. You can also choose insulated aluminum or steel siding. In addition to providing superior insulation, thermal siding is also stronger than regular vinyl to resist damage and cracks. It doesn’t just insulate your home against the cold and heat; it can even reduce unwanted street noise. According to the Vinyl Siding Instutite, insulated vinyl siding can also be a wise investment because it’s low maintenance, durable, and reduces energy costs.
Wood is a beautiful choice that adds instant curb appeal to your home. While it’s high maintenance, it’s a naturally insulating material. Wood siding adds a minimum R-value of around R-1 to your home. This is a higher R-rating than standard vinyl siding, brick, and stucco. It’s more expensive than vinyl and requires refinishing every few years but it’s hard to argue with its natural beauty and charm. As a bonus, wood siding can also be an eco-friendly solution if you buy products that are SFI or FSC certified.
You don’t need to pay a premium for energy efficiency in your siding. Vinyl siding, which accounts for about 80% of siding sold in Virginia, offers good insulation to keep your heating and cooling expenses low. Vinyl is cost-effective and easy to repair with a wide variety of style options. It has an R-value of around R-0.61 which is less than wood and far less than insulated vinyl siding but it beats out all other materials. It’s also the most popular material for thermal siding if your budget allows.
Insulated Vinyl Siding