What is insulated siding?
Insulated siding is essentially vinyl siding with rigid foam insulation that is laminated or permanently attached to the panel. Insulated siding is installed on the exterior of a structure and helps reduce energy loss through framing or other building materials.
Does insulated siding make a home more energy efficient/green?
Described by developers as “green building”, insulated siding may be used to make homes more environmentally friendly. By reducing energy consumption, insulated siding can reduce air pollution. According to manufacturers, insulated siding is manufactured to last more than 50 years potentially reducing landfill contributions. Some products also include an organic, non-toxic termite and insect repellant. In addition to reducing energy consumption insulated siding is breathable, allowing water vapor to escape, which can provide protection against mold, rot and mildew and help maintain healthy indoor air quality.
What does it cost to install insulated siding?
Not all insulated vinyl siding is created equal. The higher the insulated vinyl siding grade, the more colors, styles and options are available. However, the key driver in determining the price of the siding is still the size of the home. On average, insulated vinyl siding will cost 20-30% more per square foot than traditional vinyl siding.
Is insulated siding more durable than traditional vinyl siding?
Insulated vinyl siding is manufactured to withstand harsh weather conditions and will not buckle under impact of any sort very easily. The rigid foam laminated on the back of the panels allow insulated siding to be set symmetrically which helps the panels not cave in at the joints. Much the same as traditional vinyl siding, insulated siding requires little if any maintenance and never needs painting.