When it comes to saving money on monthly utility bills, homeowners have a seemingly endless list of updates to choose from. Major appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and washer/dryers are much more efficient and have shorter cycle times than their older counterparts. Low-flow plumbing fixtures and tankless water heaters all help reduce water waste and usage.
Another energy-conscious renovation homeowners can implement doesn’t exist inside of the home but actually surrounds the home itself: insulated vinyl siding. There are a number of benefits to choosing insulated vinyl siding, many related to its energy efficiency.
Better insulation = more savings.
A home’s siding is a crucial during seasonal weather and temperature changes. A poorly insulated exterior leads to heat loss in the winter and cooling loss in the summer. In terms of its impact on a home’s interior temperature, think of uninsulated vinyl siding as a window or door being left open in the middle of winter. Insulated vinyl siding’s ability to maintain interior temperatures can drastically reduce air conditioning and heating costs.
One of the selling points of insulated vinyl siding is its durability and ease of care.
Less maintenance, improved performance.
Made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) resins, vinyl siding in general requires less maintenance than most other types of siding. Today’s vinyl siding comes in a virtually endless variety of color that are engineered to withstand the elements and keep a fresh appearance far longer than older vinyl siding did. Moreover, vinyl will not rot over time, it doesn’t attract termites and other bugs, and for the most part, maintenance involves only an occasional spray with a garden hose to rinse off accumulating dirt. However, without proper installation, potential moisture damage can lead to mold and mildew problems.
Insulated vinyl siding in particular is more durable than standard vinyl. Panels backed with insulation keep their shape better during periods of expansion and contraction, reducing moisture buildup and seam or gap problems. Insulated vinyl also offers higher resistance to dents and surface damage. The presence of the insulation itself provides the siding with greater resiliency. Homeowners who choose insulated vinyl siding over non-insulated vinyl for their home may therefore realize savings on both interior and exterior costs: its energy efficiency saves money on heating and cooling bills, and its durability saves money and effort on exterior home maintenance.
The “green” side of vinyl siding.
The “greenest” point about insulated vinyl siding is of course its capacity to reduce a household’s energy consumption by preserving the home’s interior temperature. But more than simply conserving resources within the home, insulated vinyl siding is a “green” siding option on a larger scale, due in part to the recycling processes inherent to its manufacturing. Scrap vinyl resulting from manufacturing processes can easily and immediately be reprocessed into batches of material for new siding. However, post-consumer siding is harder to recycle and usually sent to landfills.
The manufacturing process of vinyl siding has also proved to release fewer toxic chemicals and emit less dioxins into the atmosphere and environment than other exterior cladding materials. Unlike wood siding, for example, vinyl requires less fuel to transport, produces fewer factory emissions during production, and is completely lead free.
If you’re thinking of building a home or renovating your home’s exterior, talk with a Woodbridge Home Exterior’s expert to find out what type of siding is the right fit for you.