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Insulated Vinyl Siding Prices

There are many new energy-efficient products on the market today. Reducing the amount of airflow in and out of a home is the biggest way for homeowners to really see an overall cost savings and reduce energy costs throughout the year. One product to help achieve this is insulated vinyl siding. It is becoming one of the most sought-after siding types for homeowners in new construction and remodeling projects. Contractors and builders are also showcasing newly built homes that use this type of insulating technology. While the initial cost may be slightly higher than traditional vinyl siding, the cost savings over time is what is the most beneficial for homeowners.

The Costs

  • Average minimum cost of insulated vinyl siding: $22

  • Average maximum cost of insulated vinyl siding: $81

Materials and Use

The main cost advantage to purchasing insulated vinyl siding is that it makes the home more energy friendly. The materials used to create each piece provide a permanent insulating factor. Typically, vinyl siding is derived primarily from materials such as PVC or polyvinyl chloride resin. It is used for decorative purposes to replicate wood clapboard and provides a protective barrier between the structure of the home and the exterior. Generally, with traditional vinyl siding, a thermal backing is applied prior to installation, and insulation is either blown into the walls or placed within the framing of the home. These procedures provide maximum heat efficiency for the home. When insulated vinyl siding is manufactured, an insulating piece is placed behind the clapboard layer. It is permanently adhered, so it fits snugly in place. Most insulation comes in a 1.5-inch standard backing, so a thermal blanket is created to help keep cold air out.

Grain detail is found on many specialty insulated vinyl siding types. It provides a wood-grain appearance that is similar to the look of real wood. It offers a synthetic alternative to traditional wood siding.

TruForm Design is a commercial-grade quality siding. It has several single layers on one panel. Each layer is backed with an insulating foam that provides superior protection against wind and cold-air elements.

The double 5-inch Dutch lap offers a double design that overlaps and provides superior coverage to the exterior of the home.

The single 7-inch clapboard siding comes in a variety of colors and can be special ordered to match the exact design and color of new or existing home construction. This is a more traditional siding design and can be used on both commercial and residential properties.

Double 6-inch clapboard vinyl siding is the most popular choice among homeowners. It offers a double overhang design and is backed by insulation to give homeowners a cost-efficient option for long-term heating and cooling costs.

Insulated vinyl siding is easy to install by qualified contractors and has competitive prices when purchased wholesale.

Advantages of Insulated Vinyl Siding

One of the main advantages of insulated vinyl siding is that the homeowner does not have to pay for extra insulation for their home. Whether it is rolled, blown or foam board insulation, there is often a lot of waste when installing into new or existing construction. Insulated vinyl siding is even more cost-efficient than traditional insulation because there isn't waste or many unused pieces.

Homeowners can expect to save up to 40-percent more on their heating and cooling bills when they use airtight, insulated vinyl siding as opposed to living in a non-insulated home. Energy savings take place year round, even in the warm summer months. The siding reflects heat and allows cool air to stay inside. Not only are gas bills slashed throughout the winter, but homeowners can expect to see a significant drop on their electric bill when they are running their central air conditioning unit.

A cost savings is instituted when using insulated vinyl siding as opposed to traditional, wood clapboard siding. Caulk, nails and specialty fasteners do not have to be purchased, which saves several hundred dollars. Insulated vinyl siding doesn't require upkeep or long-term maintenance. This means homeowners do not have to pay to have it sealed or recaulked for the entire life of the siding. Power washing and general cleaning is all that is recommended to ensure a clean appearance and promote longevity of the siding.

Even if the home already has rolled or blown insulation in place, insulated vinyl siding provides additional insulating measures. This can allows for additional cost savings to the homeowner throughout the year.

Insulated vinyl siding creates an additional sound barrier to the home. The added layer of insulation blocks out noise and wind, making the home quieter. This is a great choice for homes that are located near busy roads or intersections.

Another advantage is that the siding provides a moisture barrier to the exterior and interior of the home. It repels rain and also allows the insulation to breathe. This prevents mildew and mold growth within both the home’s exterior and interior.

Disadvantages of Insulated Vinyl Siding

The biggest disadvantage to choosing insulating vinyl siding over traditional vinyl siding is the cost of the siding itself. Although there is a competitive edge with each brand that manufactures it, it's still about 35-percent higher in cost per square foot when compared to non-insulated vinyl siding. If the siding is custom made to match a color or design, this can also increase the overall price.

Not all contractors work with this type of specialty siding, which can be a problem when it comes down to installation. Be sure that the contractor you choose has had extensive experience in working with insulated vinyl siding. Each piece contains a secure, interlocking panel design that needs to be adhered properly to ensure clean, crisp invisible lines. This means the result should appear seamless without bulges or cracks.

Bottom line costs have to do with local availability and a trusted contractor. Insulated vinyl siding is still a cost-effective siding choice, bringing a long-term cost-savings to the homeowner.

Last updated on Apr 1, 2015

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