Vinyl siding insulation can be an important addition to the exterior of your home. By installing vinyl siding insulation when you build your house or by installing it later, you can help improve the energy loss in your home by up to 30%. It will save you money by cutting down on any heat loss in the winter and will keep your home cool in the summer. It also does cut down on noise pollution as well.
Insulation is rated by an R-factor. The higher the R-factor is the better quality of thickness of the insulation. Before you pick the type of vinyl siding insulation, check that the R-value is sufficient for your building.
Basic Insulation Options
Even before vinyl siding is installed you will need to install the insulation. Choose an insulation that is made of fiberglass as the primary component; it weathers well and it will protect your home the most.
Fiberglass insulation should be installed in between the studs of the walls, before you lay the vinyl siding. You can purchase fiberglass insulation in many different sizes. Pick a size or thickness that best reflects how much insulating factor you wish to add to your home.
As an alternative to the fiberglass insulation, you can also opt for a type of insulation that can be used with a sprayer. You can inject the insulation right into the wall cavity in between the studs. Spray foam insulation is sometimes made of green friendly materials or recycled components. Simply spray the fiberglass insulation and watch it expand. There are a couple of different types of spray foam insulation that you can choose from; two popular choices are expanding and extruding polystyrene and polyisocyanurate. The expanding type which is also referred to as bead board is a board with an R-value of 3.8 to 4.4 per inch, whereas the extruded type has an R-factor of 5 per inch. And finally the polyioscyanurate has an R-factor of 7. The higher the R factor, the better the insulation.
Vinyl Siding Insulating Material
Vinyl Siding has insulating properties. Check the insulating rating of the siding you are applying to the exterior of your home.
A fairly new product out on the market is a vinyl siding that comes with an under layer of insulation foam. This type of insulation helps to strengthen the insulating properties of the siding. On the downside, the vinyl siding can get damaged easier when there is a layer of insulating material underneath. For example, if there are sudden impacts to the siding, the impact could cause it to crack or for that matter dent.
The insulation is applied to the vinyl and makes the siding fit snugly when it is installed. Even though there is a layer of insulation, the vinyl product does still have enough room to breathe. Moisture will not be trapped underneath the insulation layer.
You can also find a vinyl siding insulation that is essentially a product that is a foam material, fused to the inside of the siding.