Energy Efficient Siding For Your Home
Regardless of whether or not you’re building a new home, or remodeling the current home you’re residing in, you’ll want it to look its best at all times.
Choosing the right materials for your design can be very problematic if you’re not sure of the drawbacks and benefits of each material. You’ll want your home to have the curb appeal that shows you care and maintain your property yet you’ll want to be as energy efficient as possible to help reduce your utility costs, and your maintenance.
There are a lot of options to consider when you’re looking at exterior walls. By carefully selecting the right materials you’re going to increase your ability to save both energy and utility costs on your home. Before you choose, be sure that you have a certified home energy audit done to ensure that you’re making the best possible selection on your siding.
There are a variety of sidings that are available on the market today.
Vinyl: At present, this is the most popular home siding on the market today. It’s around 80 percent of the homes that you’ll look at today. It’s efficient and since it’s a plastic based product, it is resistant to fire and very durable.
Aluminum: This has been around far longer than vinyl siding. However, it is easily damaged, dented, dinged and many builders prefer to use it only on the second floor where it won’t have as much risk of damage. However, it is long lasting and easy to paint.
Fiber: Fiber cement is a material that is comprised of sand and cement as well as cellulose fibers. It is long lasting and if you are in a region that has termites, it’s preferable as termites will leave it alone.
Stucco: Long used in housing construction, stucco is a mix of sand as well as lime with water and often cement. It forms a hard shell around the home and will become very hard when it’s dry. It can be made in many colors.
Brick: While long traditional as well as durable, it is also a great sound insulator and easy to help seal in doors and windows. However, it’s very expensive and higher than other types of siding. It must be installed by qualified professionals.
when selecting siding, you’ll also want to consider your region, the cost and the type of home that you’re considering putting said siding on.
Each type of house will have to have the right type of thermal barrier and it must be applied properly to increase the energy savings. It should also stop all transfer of air from the outside to the inside of the home.
Certified energy professionals know exactly what should be on each type of home. They can best advise you on which type will work best for your home and which will help you to save the most money for your specific type of home construction. Always take all of this into account prior to deciding on your type of siding.