Vinyl siding has been around for a long time now and despite the less than optimal aesthetic appeal of older vinyl siding, it’s become one of the more popular choices for home exteriors in the US. Vinyl siding has gotten something of a bad rap over the years for its look, although this has definitely changed in recent years. Modern insulated vinyl siding is actually very good looking, often being nearly indistinguishable from wood siding – and of course, it offers a number of advantages over wood siding or older vinyl siding as well.
Like traditional vinyl siding, insulated vinyl siding requires very little (read: virtually no) maintenance and is highly durable. However, it also provides a great deal of thermal insulation to your home; some siding is rated as high as an R-value of 4 and up, which is very good for those of you not well versed in insulation industry jargon.
If your home has older vinyl siding which you’re unhappy with or you’d like to increase the energy efficiency of your home (and given the constantly rising price of energy, that includes most of us), then you may want to talk to a Tennessee contractor about having insulated vinyl siding installed on your home.
Unless you’re already familiar with the insulation provided by the latest generations of insulated siding, you probably wouldn’t suppose that something seemingly as minor as vinyl siding could save you all that much on heating and cooling costs, but it really can. To put it simply, high quality insulated vinyl siding properly installed by a professional Tennessee contractor can reduce your energy bill by the same amount as quadrupling – or even quintupling the amount of insulation in your home.
Another benefit of choosing insulated siding over traditional vinyl siding is that it doesn’t just offer thermal insulation; it provides acoustic insulation as well. If you live on a busy street or close to a school or business which sees a lot of traffic, insulated vinyl siding can cut down on street noise considerably.
Insulated siding is also very durable, both in terms of its longevity as well as its impact resistance. Conventional vinyl siding often suffers dents or more serious damage from flying debris, stray baseballs and hailstones, among other projectiles – but insulated siding is designed for much higher impact resistance, up to 3 times that of traditional vinyl siding in some cases.
Having a Tennessee contractor install insulated vinyl siding on your home may require a somewhat larger initial investment than conventional vinyl siding. However, its advantages: greater durability, acoustic insulation, more attractive appearance and of course, savings on energy costs due to being a far better insulator, make it an investment which will repay you in reliable performance year after year.