Getting New Vinyl Siding? Why You Should Choose Insulated Vinyl

8 July 2016
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If you are planning to put new vinyl siding on your home, you have many decisions to make. This is because you can choose from a variety of colors and styles. Besides making these choices, however, you should choose insulated vinyl. Below are some of the different types of vinyl siding you can choose from and some information about insulated siding to help you choose what would be best for you.

Types of Vinyl Siding

You will find three types of vinyl siding: horizontal, vertical, and shakes.

Horizontal vinyl siding runs across your house horizontally. You can find it any different textures. For example, one texture feels and looks like wooden planks. You can find a variety of other textures, and it is available in different thicknesses, widths, and lengths.

Vertical vinyl siding runs up and down your house. In most cases, the siding will have wide boards and smaller boards are placed between the wide boards to seal any cracks. Cedar shake vinyl siding is made of a hardy wood in different hues. Because this siding is made of a hard wood, it stands up well to the weather.

Insulated Vinyl Siding

Insulated vinyl siding looks much like regular vinyl siding. The difference between the two is insulated vinyl has a layer of foam insulation. The insulation is thick, which makes the vinyl rigid and easy to work with. You can find insulated vinyl siding in colors like reds, browns, greens, and tans.

One of the main benefits of this type of siding is it makes your home more energy efficient. This means you will save money on your monthly energy bills. Siding is given an R-value, and the higher this value number is the greater the insulation properties. The R-value number tell you how well the insulation can resist heat flow. With insulated vinyl siding you will find an R-value ranging from 3.0 to 4.0. Standard vinyl can have an R-value rating of less than one.

Insulated vinyl also has impact protection, which means it holds up well to storm debris, such as branches and hail and cold temperatures. The insulation cuts down on how much noise you hear when inside your home. This allows you to have a quiet home when there is traffic in front of your home or any loud sounds that may be outside.

Talk to a vinyl siding contractor for more information about this type of siding as well as the other types.

For a siding company, contact a business such as WeatherSeal Windows.