Is Insulated Siding Worth It?
Exploring the Value of Insulated Siding: Is It a Worthwhile Investment for Your Home?
Welcome to the latest blog post from Holda Construction, your trusted family-owned roofing & siding home contractor in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. Today, we’re delving into the world of insulated siding. If you’re considering this for your home, you’re in the right place to learn all about it!
Retain Heat Where It’s Needed – Within Your Home.
A process known as “thermal bridging” occurs when heat and energy leak out through the studs in the walls of your house. Haven® Insulated Siding is designed to significantly minimize this effect. The diagrams below provide a clear understanding of how this process operates.
Framing studs lack insulation, allowing heat to escape from your home through them. The yellow region illustrates the transfer of heat through these studs.
Insulation, depicted in blue, reduces the amount of energy lost through the studs in your home’s walls.
What is Insulated Siding?
Insulated siding is a modern exterior cladding that combines traditional siding materials with a layer of insulation. This combination not only enhances the appearance of your home but also contributes to its energy efficiency.
Pros of Insulated Siding
Cons of Insulated Siding
R-Values of Insulated Siding
What is R-Value?
R-Value measures the insulation’s ability to resist heat flow. The higher the R-Value, the better the insulation properties.
Different brands offer various R-Values, typically ranging from R-2 to R-6, providing substantial insulation compared to traditional siding. Our go-to brands are PlyGem / Mastic, James Hardie, and LP Building Solutions/ LP SmartSide. Each option can be explored, and we will work with you to decide which is best based on the unique characteristics of your home.
Does Insulated Siding Qualify for Tax Credit?
In some cases, installing insulated siding can qualify you for energy tax credits. Current IRS guidelines state that insulation materials can provide a 30% tax credit of their value, up to $1200. Energy credits change frequently, so you’ll want to check the most recent updates.
Bottom Line: Is Insulated Siding Worth It?
Insulated siding offers numerous benefits, from energy efficiency to improved aesthetic appeal. However, the higher initial costs and potential cons should be weighed. It’s an excellent investment for those prioritizing energy efficiency and long-term savings.