WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- While replacing windows and re-insulating attics are good ways to increase a home's energy efficiency, the U.S. Department of Energy says "heat flows more readily through studs, joists, and other building materials" in a phenomenon known as thermal bridging.
In response, the vinyl siding industry has developed a product that features rigid foam insulation permanently adhered to the back of the cladding. This insulated siding covers the entire sides of the home, including the studs, breaking the thermal bridge by providing continuous insulation. And with studs comprising about 25 percent of a home's exterior walls, the potential savings are significant.
Lower utility bills are not the only savings available to homeowners — insulated siding is accepted as home insulation in various energy efficiency programs, including the checklist of building products or methodologies that can help meet the requirements to qualify under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Qualified Homes Program. It may also help homes qualify for incentives under a variety of state, local, and utility programs.
"Using less energy is one benefit, but homeowners who re-side with insulated siding also report fewer drafts, greater overall comfort, and a quieter house," according to Kate Offringa, president of the Vinyl Siding Institute, Inc. (www.vinylsiding.org), a Washington, D.C.-based trade association for manufacturers of vinyl and other polymeric siding and suppliers to the industry.
In addition, the rigid foam backing can reduce the subtle bows and dips that are present on almost every wall, making for longer, straighter panels, as well as significantly improve the impact resistance of the panel, Offringa said.
Insulated siding is available in all of the traditional profiles associated with lap siding (including vertical siding) and most colors are certified for color retention. Most manufacturers back their products and colors with lifetime warrantees.
"Unlike other claddings selected solely for their aesthetics, insulated siding has a range of performance benefits that save energy, manage moisture, withstand extreme weather events, and impact," added Offringa. "Why settle for a makeover when you can reside with a product that actually makes your home better?"
To learn more on how to wrap your home in comfort and savings, visit www.vinylsiding.org/energy.
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