Having an energy efficient home is important, especially to homeowners who are making an investment into updating and remodeling their homes. That is why at Shanco we want to provide the most up-to-date siding information. When a homeowner is looking for their home to be a top-ranking energy efficient home, it is important to choose from wood or vinyl siding selections. These two siding choices have been consistently proven to give your home the highest energy efficiency possible. If you are having issues with your energy bills, or are looking to save as much money as possible check out your local siding company for their wood or vinyl siding choices.

Energy Efficient Vinyl Siding Benefits

Vinyl siding comes with many perks. Not only is it insulated for energy efficiency, but it is also siding company's most affordable option. Insulated vinyl siding offers the highest R-value out of any other siding selections. The R-value is the temperature difference between the two sides of a surface in your home divided by the heat flux through your home barrier. An average insulated vinyl siding piece's R-value is between 2.0 and 3.0, compared to regular vinyl which is about 0.6.  

When compared to normal vinyl, insulated vinyl is more expensive, but it is still cheaper than the wood siding options on the market. Just because insulated vinyl siding is the cheaper option does not mean your home has to lack curb appeal. Make sure to ask your home siding company about the different colors and textures insulated vinyl siding can offer your home. Use vinyl siding replacements to make your home energy efficient and stylish. 

Fiber Cement Sidings Energy Efficiency 

Fiber cement siding when paired with foam insulation board provides a R-value above 2.0. Fiber cement is a pricier option compared to vinyl siding due to the durability that fiber cement siding provides. 

Fiber cement can have the color baked-in thus not requiring painting or staining. It is low maintenance product that requires a simple washing at least once a year. When it comes to moisture, the properties of fiber cement siding means that it is impervious to rot or insect damage. Additional properties that make fiber cement siding popular are that is comes in different textures and can replicate the wood look and it is resistant to fire. 

Wood Siding for Your Energy Efficient Home

Wood siding's R-value is about 0.81. With a higher price point than insulated vinyl siding, this option can give your home a textured option. Depending on other insulation factors in your home, wood siding may be energy efficient enough to show a difference in your energy bill costs. With different types of wood and different wood cuts, it is understandable why wood siding is an attractive home siding choice. When comparing R-values between different wood siding choices, it is important to look at the width of the product and if it lays flat to protect from wind. When you call your local siding company, they should be able to walk you through which of their siding options is the most energy efficient choice.

How to Make Your Home's Siding Energy Efficient

If you are considering making your home an energy efficient masterpiece, call your local exterior remodeling company. Not only will they be able to replace our current average siding, they will also be able to update your attic insulation, windows, and other parts of your home that you may not realize add to your energy efficiency rating. Call Shanco for an easy energy efficient and free estimate.