Part One of this series covered the basics of insulated vinyl siding, while Part Two proved why it is an investment worth making. Here in Part Three, we get to the more practical side of things and talk about ways to make sure you’re getting your full share of the benefits we listed.
The effectiveness of insulated vinyl siding depends a lot on how well it is installed. If you have a siding project lined up, make sure your contractor pays close attention to:
- Many siding contractors are familiar with insulated siding installation because it shares many techniques with traditional vinyl siding installation. But extra care must be employed when installing the panels around windows and doors. A study commissioned by the Vinyl Siding Institute found that insulated siding can help increase air tightness in homes by 11%, which translates to average energy savings of 5.5%.
- Climate zone requirements. For insulated vinyl siding, ENERGY STAR® recommends a minimum R-value of 3.0 for Climate Zones 1 to 4 and 5.0 for Climate Zones 5 to 8. The area where you live may have further stipulations regarding insulated siding, so it’s always advisable to talk things over with your contractor so that you’re duly informed before you give the go signal.
- Retrofit considerations. If you’re having insulated vinyl siding installed over existing siding, make sure your contractor spends time removing anything that may leave voids or air gaps behind the new material.
You’ll notice that we keep going back to the role of your contractor, which is why the final takeaway for this series is about being careful when choosing which one to hire. You do NOT want to compromise the awesome benefits of insulated siding with slapdash workmanship or corner-cutting.
Remember that you’re the boss when it comes to your home. Choose a contractor who has extensive experience with insulated siding, offers competitive pricing and has a reputation for delivering great customer service. Finally, take the time to schedule an in-home consultation so your contractor can customize your siding solutions to your specific needs.