Energy Efficient Siding Options

You may be surprised to find out that your siding can help you save money on your heating and cooling bills. When it comes time to replace your siding, choosing energy efficient options can pay off on both a financial and an ecological level. The following can help you make the best choice.

Exterior sheathing

Getting new siding is an excellent time to increase the insulation on your home. Exterior foam sheathing is attached to the exterior of the home after the old siding is removed and before the new siding is put on. It is then covered in a layer of house wrap to keep the moisture out before the new siding is installed. The result is a higher insulation value without any need to damage the interior walls during installation.

Insulated siding

If you want to skip the sheathing or insulation at an even higher level, insulated vinyl siding is available. This siding has foam insulation built into its layers, making installation quick and simple. Since siding can easily last decades, you won't need to worry about replacement or loss of insulation ability as time passes.

Fiber cement

If drafts are a concern, then you may want to consider fiber cement over vinyl or wood siding. This material is extremely durable so that it doesn't develop any cracks or chinks that can allow drafts in. It will rarely develop cracks in the caulking around windows and doors, as well, which also cuts down on drafts. It does not come in an insulated variety, though, so you will need to use foam sheathing if you want more insulation.

Color matters

The color of your siding is just as big of a concern as the material. To save on cooling bills, light-colored siding that reflects sunlight is the best choice. If your home is cold most of the year, though, you may want to go with a darker color so that the siding absorbs heat from the sun. For homes looking to maximize on passive solar heating, there is another option. Go with darker siding on the south side of the home and lighter siding on the rest of the home. Then, plant deciduous trees on the south side to provide shade in the summer but allow light in and siding heat absorption in winter.

Contact a roofing and siding company like Keller Roofing & Siding Inc for more help in choosing the best siding options for your home.