New Siding And Insulation A Must For Older Homes

Construction & Contractors Blog

If you are living in an older home and you want to update the exterior with new siding, there are many ways this can benefit your heating and cooling efficiency. There are a few things you'll want to consider when talking with the siding contractors in your area.

You will want to think about getting new insulation put throughout the walls, having the home sealed with a moisture-protecting barrier, and getting vinyl siding that is going to be maintenance free. These are going to improve the appearance of your home, and the heating and cooling bills.

New Insulation

When you remove the siding, it may be easier for you to get around the windows and doors and to access the insulation throughout the home. An insulation professional can replace the old insulation with a spray polyurethane foam option, which will block wind, moisture and pests. The foam expands into the walls and around widows and electrical outlets, to prevent air leaks.

House Wrap

You can have the entire house wrapped in plastic sealant, to act as another barrier to wind and moisture. The experts will add this so the insulation isn't exposed if something happens to the siding on the home. You may also want to have this added throughout your attic to prevent air loss through your roof, since the professionals are already at your house.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is ideal for all homeowners. You don't ever have to paint it because it doesn't fade, you don't see scratches and it doesn't chip, and there are a variety of colors to pick from. Vinyl is impermeable to water, so it isn't going to get moldy, and it's one of the most affordable siding options available for your home. You also don't have to worry about pests being attracted to it, or penetrating through it. You can also get vinyl siding that is already insulated.

The vinyl is easy to put on, so the contractors can be on and off your property in a short amount of time. The pieces snap together, and can easily be replaced if there is an accident and one is damaged.

If your old home would look new and modern with new siding, choose something that you won't have to worry about. The vinyl can be power washed annually to keep the dirt and weathering debris off it, and it isn't going to go out of style. Get more than one quote to get the best price for all of these services.

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