Insulated vinyl siding is increasingly becoming the go-to material instead of the traditional vinyl siding. But just because many a Tennessee contractor is recommending it does not necessarily mean that you must also have it installed in your home. Riding on the bandwagon has its risks and you want to avoid spending money on an overhyped item. But then again, if your Knoxville contractor highly recommends it, you must consider its merits. The experts know better most, though not all, of the time.
Insulated vinyl siding is similar to traditional vinyl siding but with a major difference – it has an extruded polypropylene or polystyrene foam that provides effective insulation and strength to the installation. But such desirable properties come with a cost – it can be 25% to 30% more expensive to purchase and then to install than the traditional vinyl siding.
Many a Tennessee contractor, nonetheless, has good reasons to recommend insulated vinyl siding despite its higher prices. Among its benefits are:
• It increases efficiency in energy use, thus, lessening your energy costs.
• It provides higher levels of insulation to your home’s exteriors even in places where substantial heat loss occurs.
• It is a good acoustic insulator, too, which means that wind sounds and other environmental noises can be lessened by up to 45%.
• It can usually handle wind impact four times stronger than the regular vinyl siding. Studies have even shown that it can withstand wind speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.
• It is as beautiful and yet more durable than wood sidings. You can even choose from various colors, designs and grains mimicking wood itself.
• It is easy to install considering that an insulated vinyl has higher levels of rigidity than their regular counterpart. It then becomes easier to measure, cut and fit.
Indeed, insulated vinyl siding may be more expensive than regular vinyl siding but the abovementioned benefits make it the best value for your money. Your Tennessee contractor was, indeed, right in his recommendation.
Although insulated siding is best installed by a professional, many homeowners still want to make it a do-it-yourself project. This is possible, of course, but you must have the right tools and techniques to do so – or at the very least, you must have the following tips in installing insulated vinyl siding working for your purpose:
• Use the manufacturer-recommended starter strip for best results. Place it over the house wrap.
• Use a fine-toothed circular saw blade to cut the insulated siding. Apply a reverse direction pattern for safety as well.
• Look at the panel locks to ensure that these are fully engaged. Doing so will ensure the longevity, beauty and strength of the siding.
• Place a water-resistant layer below the insulated siding as protection against water entering your house.
No matter how you have the insulated vinyl siding installed, the most important thing is that it was installed properly. You can always have the professionals install it to be on the safe side and to get the best results out of the siding.