If you're deciding whether or not to add new siding to your home or replace an existing set, you may be trying to decide between insulated siding or regular vinyl. At the end of the day, the main factor in this decision process will be the cost, but even saying that isn't enough to fully address the issue. For instance, will regular siding give you the look that you want, or should you upgrade to get the right aesthetics? Even so, the long term cost of insulated siding may actually make it cheaper overall. If you want a more specific estimate for your home, contact your local siding company and ask for their opinion.
There's no getting around it — insulated siding costs more initially than regular vinyl. But, there are other things to consider as well before you decide one way or the other.
Insulated vinyl siding can cost anywhere from $4–7 per square foot, which can be expensive if you have a large home. For that reason, many homeowners shy away from installing insulation, but what needs to be taken into consideration is the long-term cost savings that come with insulation. On average, you may be able to reduce your energy bill by 20% simply by choosing to add insulated siding to your home. While the initial sticker price may be higher with insulation, there's no question that it will pay for itself in the long run.
As if the energy savings isn't enough, consider also the resale value that it can bring to your home. A better insulated house not only allows for more decorative options on the exterior, increasing the curb appeal of your home, but you'll also be able to list it as an improvement to your house to your prospective buyers. Even if you don't go with the insulated option, siding itself can increase your resale value on your home, resulting in nearly 75% of the cost being recouped when you sell it.
Vinyl siding may be attractive, but it's not always the most durable option on the market. Insulated siding, however, adds multiple layers of protection between your home and the elements, which means you won't have to repair or replace it nearly as much. That may be bad news for your siding company, but it's great news for you as a homeowner.
For more information, contact a siding contractor in your area.