May 25, 2017
Importance of Siding Insulation – More Than Meets The Eye
Reasons You Should Get Sliding Insulation at Home
If you need to replace or repair your siding, remember that new home siding isn’t just about the appearance of your home. Siding insulation, that component no one ever sees, is critical to the durability and effectiveness a home’s siding.
According to Remodeling, an online home improvement publication, installation of insulated vinyl siding can yield higher than 75% return on investment due to increased energy efficiency and lower energy bills. In addition, because most insulated siding has a panel locking design for a tight, secure fit, it remains durable in almost all types of weather including high temperatures, extreme weather changes and strong winds.
Paired with the right insulation, your home’s siding will:
- Add a layer of protection to your home
- Provide superior moisture management
- Improve your home’s insulation to make it more comfortable all year round
Siding Components Work Together
Why is your siding’s insulation so important? All the parts of the siding product actually have to work together to get the optimal performance. The thickness of the exterior siding can be great, you may be using the highest quality virgin vinyl siding available, and you may even have a reputable siding contractor installing the new product, but those factors alone won’t maximize the siding’s efficiency and durability if there is no insulation behind the siding.
You need to think about siding insulation because replacement siding doesn’t necessarily come with insulation. Insulation options range from none at all to very high quality foam backed insulation up to 1.5 inches thick. If you find siding with rock bottom prices somewhere, chances are there’s not much insulation included.
Best Siding Options
We recommend progressive foam insulation because it is the best in terms of protection from air, noise and impact. This type of insulation is molded to shape of the siding itself, creating a nice sealed barrier between the exterior siding and the house. Since this type of insulation fills the hollow space between the plank of siding and the home’s walls, it also acts as a shock absorber against impact of items such as hail, errant baseballs and other flying projectiles. Finally, it adds yet another barrier to moisture, reducing the risk of water damage to your home’s framing and interior.
If you have other questions about replacement siding options, Home Town Restyling offers free consultations from experienced project managers familiar with all the latest siding trends and options. You can also download our free eBook Complete Guide to Replacement Siding for more information about preparing for a siding replacement project.