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How Much Does Insulated Siding Cost?

Homeowners are always looking for ways to help curb the rising cost of their heating and cooling bills. They are also seeking green energy alternatives to help take on more environmental responsibility. One thing they can do is provide more insulation within the home. Traditionally, insulation is either blown in, laid down within the walls and ceiling, or placed along the interior perimeter of the home or structure. Even if the home already has an existing layer of insulation, insulated siding is a great choice to provide the most efficient form of protection from temperature fluctuations. One thing to always keep in mind when deciding to incorporate insulated siding into the budget is the cost. Costs fluctuate greatly, depending on the type of siding as well as the style.

The Costs

  • Average minimum cost insulated siding: $81

  • Average maximum cost of insulated siding: $90

Material Types and Use

One feature that homeowners look for when choosing insulated siding is the overall appearance. How they envision the home to look once construction and application is complete is very important. There is an array of aesthetic design choices available through most major home improvement retailers, lumber yards and building contractors. Because there is such a large selection of colors, homeowners can decide whether to choose classic color or colonial color selections or step out of the box and mix and match styles, colors and textures. In many cases, insulated siding can be used in conjunction with other existing natural materials such as stone or brick exterior facades. Homeowners should keep in mind that the cost of specialty designs or cuts may cause the budget to rise.

Part of selecting insulated siding means choosing what type will go best for the homeowner’s home style and budget. Vinyl siding is a popular selection among most homeowners. It is lightweight and comes with insulation on the backside. It allows for an airtight seal that prevents temperature fluctuations within the home. Vinyl is a great choice to stand up to harsh weather conditions such as heavy rains, hail and hurricane-force winds. Vinyl is durable because it also resists everyday mishaps such as dents and bumps from a lawnmower or bike. It is also a good moisture barrier to keep mold and mildew out and from damaging the walls of the home. Vinyl is the most economical of all insulated siding and can provide a significant cost savings for installation.

Steel siding is a popular choice among eco-conscious homeowners. This selection is good for the home as well as barns, outbuildings and commercial structures. Homeowners will see a significant energy savings because steel insulated siding has an R-value of 2.2 to 2.63. This will keep the home temperatures cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Steel is also dent resistant and water resistant. This means that the longevity of the siding is a bonus for homeowners who are looking for a finish that will withstand the life of the home.

Fiber cement is another siding option. It is one of the most solid and sound types of siding other than brick or stone. The main benefit is that it can withstand a lot of abuse and resists denting and scratching. It can be custom made to match the color and shape of almost any home décor and façade.

All insulated vinyl siding can be used in both commercial and residential homes and structures.

Advantages of Insulated Siding

The biggest advantage to having insulated siding is that there is an ongoing cost savings to the homeowner. The utility bills can be sliced by up to 30 percent.

Having a tightly-sealed home reduces drafts and helps appliances such as furnaces, air conditioners, fans and hot water heaters work more efficiently. Over time, this produces less wear and tear on appliances and increases their longevity. 

A home that is wrapped with insulated siding also reduces noise both in and out of the home. If the homeowner is near a busy highway, airport or music venue, the insulation can actually block a lot of the noise from coming inside.

Some states offer a tax credit for homeowners who install this type of siding. This can generate potential long-term gains for the homeowner at tax time.

Another advantage to having insulated siding is that the homeowner can choose custom additions that provide a finished look and appearance. There are a lot of accessories available that also come insulated to help ensure the installation remains airtight. Homeowners can choose from starter adapters, window lineals, corner posts or v-shims.

Not only are these accessories and add-ons available special order through many builders and contractors, they can also be found at home improvement stores nationwide. This makes giving a home or outbuilding a facelift that is affordable and easily attainable for homeowners who are hiring professional contractors or doing it themselves as a weekend project.

Disadvantages of Insulated Siding

The main disadvantage of insulated siding is installation. The siding has to adhere to a smooth surface that is free of debris, and it must be flush to the edge and back. If not, it won’t join together properly and can cause the siding to pop or stick out. Warping may occur as well. 

Special order siding and steel insulated siding can be much pricier than vinyl insulated siding. Steel also requires special tools to cut the material, and it can be expensive to have it cut at the warehouse and shipped in.

A professional builder with experience at cutting and installing insulated steel siding is highly recommended.

Having a home that is wrapped in insulated siding will provide an additional layer of protection for the home. Pricing is competitive, so it is important for the homeowner to shop around. Having a home with insulated siding is a great way to help reduce overall emissions and greenhouse gases. For the environmentally-friendly homeowner, the benefits of reducing their carbon footprint far outweighs the cost of having this type of siding installed with their remodel or new construction.

Last updated on Jul 31, 2014

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