A Basic Guide To Vinyl Siding

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If you want to make your home more efficient, you should consider adding vinyl siding. Of course, with vinyl siding, you also get the chance to completely redefine the look of your home exterior. Vinyl is probably the most common exterior siding material because it is energy efficient and stylish at the same time. However, not all vinyl products are the same. They have varying price ranges and different levels of insulation. This article is a basic guide to vinyl siding, so you can figure out which products will be the best for your needs.

Find the Right Insulation For Your Climate

First, you need to decide if you want to invest in hollow or insulated vinyl siding. It should be noted that even hollow siding will add some insulation to your home. Hollow siding will basically work like a windbreaker. For instance, the sun (during the summer) and the snow (during the winter), will not be directly hitting the walls that are directly connected to your interior walls. This means your home will not heat up or cool down as quickly. But, if hollow siding works like a windbreaker, insulated siding works like a parka. It adds another level of insulation that is hugely effective during the winter. In fact, insulated vinyl is much more useful during the winter than it is during the summer. So, it is most useful in cold climates.

When shopping for the best insulation, you should consider your climate and the R-value of the products. This helpful rating system helps you determine the best product for your climate. You will find that a hollow vinyl siding might be sufficient if you live in a temperate climate like Southern California. However, if you live in the Midwest, will definitely want to look at the insulated products. Obviously, the more insulated a vinyl product has, the more expensive it will be.

Decide Whether You Want Planks or Shingles

You also need to consider if you prefer the look of plank or shingle siding. Planks are more energy efficient because there are fewer possible areas where air can leak between the seams. Also, planks are probably easier to install since there are fewer individual pieces to handle. Most people will choose shingles just because they prefer the look over plank siding. If you are more concerned with style, shingles are great, but planks are better for those who want to install their own siding.

Once you decide what kind of vinyl siding to get, contact a company like Patriot Construction to install it for you.


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