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What is Insulated Vinyl Siding? Will I get a Good Return on Investment?

By JR Girskis

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Vinyl siding is an investment that can dramatically cut down on your expenses by providing an energy efficient, good looking and easy-to-wash layer of protection to your home. It can reduce exterior noise, keep the cold out, the heat in, and you will never need to repaint your home again. Read on to learn more about how vinyl siding can be beneficial to you and your family.

1.)Vinyl siding is the solid form of a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) material (a chemical polymer like many other commercial materials such as rubber, nylon, and any plastic). Vinyl siding is a tough exterior grade that is formed into panels to replicate outdated wood patterns to be installed on your home. Vinyl siding is available in a wide variety of colors and styles. 

2.) There are many positives that come with investing in Vinyl siding on your home. Many companies guarantee that their product will maintain its color, efficiency and efficacy for the life of your home. You will never have to paint your home again! The average lifespan of a paint job on traditional siding in average weather conditions is only four years! That means that if you paint your home every four years for as long as you live in your home, you are already paying out far more that you would have initially paid for new vinyl siding. Installing new vinyl siding can not only save you money and more importantly your personal time, which could be used for more important things.

3.) One reason that vinyl siding is a step up from the rest is that vinyl siding is not a good conductor of heat or cold. This helps keep the temperature in your home at the level you want, efficiently and effectively, so you don’t need to crank up the air or leave the fireplace burning all night. With new vinyl siding, you will be able to save a bundle on your energy bill. You could spend that extra money on something you really need, like a vacation.

4.) Not only will you save money on your heating bill, vinyl siding often pays you back in ways that are either not immediately apparent or difficult to measure. Vinyl siding will add an attractive aesthetic to your home giving it additional curb appeal. This will up the resale value and (depending on how much you sell you home for) may pay back on the order of thousands of dollars.
5.) Another benefit that is hard to measure in dollars but is undeniable: vinyl’s abilities as an acoustic insulator. This is especially important if you or your neighbors keep late hours or have loud habits. The investment of vinyl siding will insulate you from disturbing your neighbors (or vice versa) and is a great way to keep up public relations on the home front.

Finally, in addition to not needing paint, the siding itself is nearly impervious to normal weather conditions. Unless you’re talking about a hurricane, vinyl siding easily withstands rain, wind, snow and sun for years and years. It won’t rot or crack like wooden siding can, and will look relatively new 50 years after installation. Compare that to wooden siding which may need to be replaced in that time, and would also need to be painted over ten times.

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