Benefits of Insulated Vinyl Siding

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If you're planning to renovate your home so as to make it more secure and energy efficient, you may find a sensible solution in insulated vinyl siding. This material is ideal for use as replacement cladding and offers superior protection to your home than other alternatives such as wood or aluminum.

Unlike traditional vinyl, insulated options are made of PVC material that is reinforced with a polystyrene foam-core. Learn more about the main benefits of this revolutionary cladding material.

Added impact resistance and rigidity

Vinyl on its own is renowned for being a sturdy, low maintenance, and durable siding material. When reinforced with a polystyrene core to form insulated vinyl, it becomes even stronger and allows for even better impact resistance. 

The polystyrene backing bonded to the vinyl sheet fills that hollow space between the siding layer and your home's walls, acting as an effective shock absorber. This makes insulated vinyl an ideal exterior building material for areas prone to hazards such as hail, high winds, or even the occasional errant baseball.

The added foam layer adhered to the siding material also greatly improves the rigidity of the material, making the cladding much more suited to exterior renovation projects with uneven walls. The rigid design of insulated vinyl siding allows it to from straighter panels that can effectively hide dents and other imperfections in your wall structure.

Added insulation

Energy is constantly exiting and entering your home via the traditional batt insulation inside your walls through a process called thermal bridging. This results in loss of heated air from the interior during winter and seepage of warm outdoor air into the home during summer.

With insulated vinyl siding, heat transfer through the wall insulation is significantly reduced due to the polystyrene insulating layer beneath the siding sheet. This increases the heat retention capacity of the home during colder weather and keeps warm air from seeping into the home during summer, leading to a more comfortable and energy efficient home.

Insect resistance and effective sound barrier

The thick nature of insulated vinyl siding provides an increased sound barrier that can help dampen those unpleasant outside noises such as barking dogs and passing cars.

When it comes to keeping insects and other vermin at bay, insulated vinyl is highly effective. This is due to the insulating foam layer inside the siding that fills the gap between the cladding and the wall. With this gap filled, insects lack space to nest inside the wall. Additionally, vinyl material is not a food source for termites and other destructive pests, as is the case with wood, so pest damage is not a concern.

For more information or for vinyl siding repair, find a home contractor in your area.


11 September 2015

Construction Needs in Times of Disaster

I live in the middle of the desert, so I never thought that flooding would be a problem. However, a few months ago my town was hit with a huge storm. These freak storms are called "Hundred Year Storm" because the chances of them happening are once in a hundred years. Needless to say, no one was prepared for the aftermath--especially not the city sewage system. All this extra water had no where to go, and suddenly, I found my basement flooded. It wasn't a fun experience, but we dealt with it the best we could. Since then, I have spent a lot of time looking into different options for sewage, water lines, and other related things. We're now even looking into building a new house. This blog is the result of my ongoing research.