In an effort to keep overall household costs down, energy efficiency is a major concern for homeowners. There are a couple of reasons for ensuring your home is as energy efficient as possible. First and foremost, the cost of keeping your home cool in summer and warm in winter can be high, which means a conscious effort to use energy efficient materials is important. Secondly, many homeowners these days are concerned for the environment, so they look for Eco-friendly products that help reduce their home’s impact on the environment. 

Today we explore a snapshot of different variations in energy efficient siding. Once home owners have a better understanding of the differences in available products, it makes for an easier and more informed purchase process.

Wood Siding

Cedar siding is one of the most popular siding choices, and not just for its excellent energy efficiency. Cedar siding has an attractive exterior, better protection from the elements and it is extremely durable and resistant to weather. Cedar wood is also very Eco-friendly as it is biodegradable and requires minimal treatment. It is also a great insulator as it prevents the loss of warm air during winter and keeps in the cool air during summer. It also protects the structure of your home from excessive heat, water and dryness.

Advantages

  • Excellent insulator
  • Eco-friendly
  • Attractive finish
  • Can be easily replaced
  • Durable and resistant to harsh weather

Disadvantages

  • Can be costly
  • Requires regular maintenance (staining/re-painting)
  • Termites can be a big problem if wood is not maintained

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement is made of wood fibers that have been mixed with sand and cement. This siding is thicker than other siding and has the ability to withstand extreme weather such as strong wind and hail. It also does not require refreshing as often as wood siding as the paint lasts longer from the time of installation. If you want something that is durable and long-lasting, fiber cement has a good reputation for its quality.

Advantages

  • Not susceptible to termites
  • Water resistant
  • Incombustible
  • Many options for texture and color

Disadvantages

  • Installation can be more complicated as the material is very heavy
  • Costlier than other types of siding 

If you want to really increase your energy savings, consider vinyl siding. 

Vinyl Siding

For those in the Dallas and Fort Worth area, vinyl siding will generally the most popular choice. Vinyl siding is known for its ability to withstand the harsh elements, and it can perfectly mimic the look of many types of cladding including stone, wood and slate, for a fraction of the cost. Vinyl siding is also a great choice if you want to maximize the energy efficiency of your home. Vinyl Siding can be paired with insulated siding, which is a foam that adds another layer of insulation to your home. More on insulated siding to come!

Advantages

  • Durable and resistant to harsh weather
  • Widely available
  • Cost effective
  • Eco-friendly

Disadvantages

  • Cannot be painted once installed

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