Sugar Land Roofing: Article About Insulated Siding
The siding on a home is designed to keep the wind and the rain out of its walls. Traditional sidings are not designed to act as insulators and typically have an R-value of less than one. However, with today's push for energy efficiency, many manufacturers are creating insulated siding or siding systems that can increase the R-value of a home's exterior walls, reducing overall energy consumption and lowering energy bills.
Insulated siding comes in one of two styles. Either the insulation is integrated into the siding itself or the insulation is applied to the house separately as part of a siding system that is designed to insulate the exterior walls of the house. Sugar Land Roofing has a team of experts that can walk any homeowner through the process of choosing the insulated siding that is right for the home's climate and style.
Exterior walls typically have insulation applied between the joists, giving the exterior walls an R-value of 12 or 13. Unfortunately, heat often escapes from the areas that have no insulation, namely the wall joists. Some studies suggest as much as 25% of a home's heat is lost through the walls in a process called thermal bridging. This is not an insignificant amount. Under these conditions, a homeowner may spend as much as 25 percent of their electric bill on energy that escaped through the walls. Fortunately, insulated siding can retain the heat that is normally lost in this way.
The expert roofers at Brinkmann Quality roofing Services of Sugar Land can assist you with questions about siding or gutters.
Sugar Land Roofers have been reliably installing siding for almost thirty years. They recommend a siding system uses a rigid foam attached to the house which is then wrapped with a moisture barrier to protect the foam's integrity. The siding is then applied. Using this method, insulated siding can increase the R-value of exterior walls by several points. With the energy savings from this type of siding, most homeowners can expect to have their investment pay for itself in five to eight years. As an added bonus, this form of insulated siding may qualify the homeowner for the Existing Home Retrofit tax credit.
Although it serves its primary purpose, many homeowners have been less satisfied with foam-backed vinyl siding. Air can sometimes get between the home and the siding, reducing the insulating effects of the siding. Plus, many homeowners have discovered after the fact that foam-backed siding may not qualify for tax incentives to homeowners who want to create as energy efficient a home as possible.
Experts agree that insulated siding is an excellent way to increase an existing home's overall energy efficiency and cut energy bills. However, for new home construction, there are other options that may help new homeowners see cost savings sooner than they would by installing insulated siding from the start.