Has the time come to replace your home's vinyl siding? If so, you may be considering an upgrade to insulated vinyl siding. Here are a few things to know about this type of material before you decide to purchase anything

The Construction

What makes insulated vinyl siding different is that it is essentially vinyl siding material with a foam backing. The foam is not just slapped on the back of the material, though, since it is made into a shape that matches the vinyl siding exterior with a solid piece of foam. It's done in such a precise way that it would be difficult to add insulation in this way to your home's existing vinyl siding, and the precision helps give the vinyl siding material more stability and strength than if you had regular vinyl siding attached to your home. It actually lays flat against the side of your home, which doesn't happen with regular siding.

The Energy Efficiency 

The first thing you'll notice about insulated vinyl siding is that it provides additional insulation for your home. If you are looking for a way to improve your home's energy efficiency with your vinyl siding, this is definitely one way to do it. Since you'll be putting up new vinyl siding anyway, you won't have to deal with hiring an insulation specialist to put spray foam into the walls. 

The Durability

You'll find that insulated vinyl siding is much more durable, thanks to the foam backing on it. This can be great if you want vinyl siding in an area that has high winds and hurricanes since it is going to be able to withstand impact damage a bit better. When the insulated vinyl siding material is hit with an object, the foam helps absorb the impact and snaps back to its original shape. When the normal vinyl siding material, there is nothing behind it to absorb the impact, and it is more likely to crack. 

The Noise Reduction

Many homeowners that have insulated vinyl siding say that their home is so much quieter after it is installed. You may not realize how that layer of foam actually cuts down on the noise from traffic outside your home and other odd noises. This can be great if you live on a busy street, near a train, or even by a park that tends to be a bit on the loud side during the day when kids are playing.