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Insulated Vinyl Siding: Is It Worth the Cost

Insulated vinyl siding is a popular upgrade with homeowners today, and we know why at 1-800-HANSONS. By adding insulation behind vinyl siding, a homeowner adds even more durability and thermal resistance, and improves the look of their home. If you’re debating whether or not to add insulation to your vinyl siding, this information may help you make a decision.

Insulated Vinyl Siding Improves the Look and Feel of a Property

While looks take second place to efficiency in home improvement projects, insulating your vinyl siding will do more than keep things comfortable. While vinyl siding is durable on its own, it can be considered hollow without the support added by insulation. Because there is space between the siding and structure, siding can be at greater risk of denting if impacted hard enough. The panels can even be subject to rattling in high winds. Insulation eliminates any extra space behind the siding panels, which improves their resistance and keeps them in place. Lastly, the reason homeowners add insulation is to retain warm and cold air. For full transparency, insulated vinyl siding’s main role is more for the reinforcement of existing panels than it is for reducing thermal bridging (the escape of warm air through uninsulated layers). The added R-value is minimal, estimated to be about a 2 to a 2.7. The R-value is the score of how effective materials are at resisting the loss of heat.

The Increased Cost of Insulated Vinyl Siding

The innovation of insulated vinyl siding doesn’t come without a cost. The grand total of insulated vinyl siding can be between 20 to 50 percent more than the cost of uninsulated vinyl siding. This total includes the cost of labor and professional installation, which is crucial if you decide to move forward. Insulated vinyl siding that isn’t installed properly may eliminate any of the benefits. If you’re going to spend the money, make sure that it looks its best and is fully functional.

Have Insulated Vinyl Siding Installed by 1-800-HANSONS

At 1-800-HANSONS, we offer insulated vinyl siding at affordable prices. We know how beneficial the addition of insulation is; besides the added durability and R-value, this additional layer of protection can also help prevent the formation of mold and mildew. We’re confident you’ll love your decision to add insulation. Schedule your free estimate at the 1-800-HANSONS location nearest you!