Why Should You Consider Installing Insulated Siding?


One of the best ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home is to reduce heat loss. You may notice that some areas of your home are cooler than others even when the heat is on. This is because the building envelope is allowing the interchange of heat from inside your house to the outside air.

One of the ways to reduce heat loss is to install insulated siding. Insulated siding is an energy efficient siding option that many homeowners are taking advantage of in order to reduce heat loss from their homes. Learn how it better insulates your home and how it could reduce your energy bills in this week’s blog.


Insulated Siding


What is it?

Insulated siding is standard vinyl siding with a rigid foam insulated either laminated or permanently attached to the panel.


How does it work?

You’re probably thinking, “I already have insulation in the walls of my home, so why would I need insulated siding?” The reason is because your wall studs and other exterior framework that attaches directly to exterior walls is not insulated. This creates a condition known as thermal bridging, where these studs and framework materials (which are poor insulators) allow heat to escape from your home through the very exterior walls you thought were insulated.

Insulated siding reduces thermal bridging by providing insulation over every part of your exterior walls, even the studs.


What kind of impact does this have?

How much of an impact can a few studs have on heat loss? The number may surprise you. “Wall studs account for up to 25 percent of every wall, which is like having an entire side of the house uninsulated,” according to the Vinyl Siding Institute.


Will it reduce my energy bill?

There’s no universal answer here, because every situation is different. Still, insulated siding has been shown to reduce heat loss and thereby save homeowners money. In a study conducted by Newport Ventures, researchers projected an annual savings of $56 in natural gas and energy costs, as well as a reduction of 448 pounds of carbon dioxide and 3.2 million fewer Btus.


What else should I know?

Installing insulated siding on your home in Maryland could help you qualify for tax breaks under the Energy Star Qualified Homes Program.


To learn more about insulated siding, contact Schaefer Siding and Exteriors today. Schaefer Siding and Exteriors has been installing and repairing siding in Maryland since 1977. We’re both VSI certified and a CertainTeed 5-Star rated Contractor. To learn more, contact us today at 410-781-4028 or email us. You can also visit our websitefor more information.