Vinyl Siding and Energy Efficiency

Vinyl Siding and Energy Efficiency

Vinyl Siding in shade "Light Maple"

As another turbulent New England winter comes to a close, the period of examination of the exterior of your home begins. No matter what siding your home currently employs, premium quality vinyl siding could be the final solution in terms of durability, and more importantly, energy efficiency.

Whether you’re concerned about heat loss in the winter or cold air escaping your home in the summer, insulated vinyl siding can dramatically reduce energy efficiency and the amount of output for your respective heating and cooling systems. With heating and crude oil prices steadily increasing each year, control the retained temperature in your home by installing insulated vinyl siding.

How Energy Efficient is Insulated Siding?

Thermal Bridging Model

Here comes the technical bit. The term “thermal bridge” refers to the space between a structure’s studs and exterior cladding; the result is called thermal bridging, or the passage of heat through the vacancy, leading to heat loss. Typical wall studs, which the Vinyl Siding Institute claims “represent up to 25% of the wall surface of an average home,” border normal wall insulation, in addition to conducting heat. With generalized calculations, that 25% represents an entire wall lacking insulation, which, as you may have guessed, leads to heat loss. The innovative nature of insulated vinyl siding serves as a heating blanket that provides “continuous insulation”, a term that describes siding installed on the exterior of the home, drastically reducing heat loss through the framing.

According to the 2019 national study done by Remodeling Magazine reporting on how much a homeowner can expect to recoup from their siding investment, 88.6% of the investment was recouped. Compared to the ROI of a major kitchen remodel at 59.0%, roof replacement at 74.0%, and even a vinyl window replacement at 81.0%. As an example, if you spend $16,789 on a siding replacement, you can expect to recoup $14,872, leaving the true cost of your siding around $1,917.

Dependability and Durability

In addition to the glaring advantages in terms of energy efficiency, insulated vinyl siding offers uncontested durability, even compared to non-insulated vinyl siding. Keeping the vinyl siding cost low, as well as the maintenance on preserving the exterior of their homes. With a higher resistance to dents and surface blemishes, Ebsco Research contends that insulated vinyl siding diminishes any exterior maintenance that traditionally burdened the homeowner.

Looking for more information about insulated vinyl siding or ready to make the switch? Advanced Window Systems is your CT vinyl replacement answer and would be happy to meet your needs! Call us today at 1-800-CALL-AWS.


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