Take the Extra Step with Siding

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The recent plunge in temperature may have you noticing that your home doesn’t seem to be staying as warm, or that there is more of a chill when you walk into a room than there used to be. Part of the problem could be that you have older siding that is not insulating the home as well as it potentially could, costing you money and comfort.

When it comes to energy efficiency, starting with your siding seems like a no-brainer. However, not all siding is as energy efficient as you would think. There are certain types and steps that you need to take to ensure your home is staying as warm as it possibly can this winter!

The siding replacement options that work best with our Colorado climate are wood, vinyl, aluminum and fiber cement. To maximize the effects, each type can be insulated. Adding insulation can give you another layer of protection from the elements, reduce moisture, air leakage and increase energy efficiency.

When considering insulation, there are a couple of factors to keep in mind:

  • R-value
      • According to the US Energy Department website (www.energy.gov) it is defined as “An insulating material’s resistance to conductive heat flow is measured or rated in terms of its thermal resistance or R-value, the higher the R-value the greater the insulating effectiveness. The R-value depends on the type of insulation, its thickness and its density.”
  • Type
    • There are many different options for insulation, and usually the choices will depend on the type of siding you decide to go with. Some of the most common options are:
      • Wraps (like James Hardie’s HardieWrap Weather Barrier)
      • Foam
      • Insulated vinyl siding

The siding team at Lifetime are experts in the most efficient ways to help you protect your home. We can go through all of the options and provide you with a down to the penny estimate for siding and insulation options. Winter is one of the best times to replace your siding, so you can maximize your energy savings during the coldest months. It can also increase the value of your home and enhance curb appeal!