One quick way to add continuous insulation to any home (infographic)
Photo courtesy of the Vinyl Siding Institute
If you're looking for an insulation strategy for a new or existing home, insulated vinyl siding just might be the answer.
Vinyl siding is already one of the most popular exterior home claddings – in fact it's used on twice as many homes as any other material, according to the Vinyl Siding Institute. Vinyl is a cost effective, easy-to-install, attractive option.
The same is true for the insulated version. Insulated vinyl siding simply adds a layer of foam insulation, often EPS foam, to the vinyl. It can be installed on any home that would use standard vinyl siding, and can form an integral part of the thermal barrier of the home.
Because insulated vinyl siding is now recognized as a form of continuous insulation and is proven to save energy, it can help homes qualify for incentives under a variety of state, local, and utility programs, as well as the ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes Program.
Wall studs account for up to 25 percent of every wall, which is like having an entire side of the house uninsulated. Insulated siding fights thermal bridging by blanketing the outside walls and limiting energy escaping through the studs, increasing the overall R-value of the wall. Vinyl siding companies such as Ply Gem and ProVia offer insulated vinyl siding options to fit any home style.
The Vinyl Siding Institute offers an interactive map to see some of the opportunities available to offset your energy costs withe insulated vinyl siding.
This infographic from the Vinyl Siding Institute depicts the advantages of insulated vinyl siding.
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