In many ways, picking the best siding for your Columbus home comes down to aesthetics. Sure, your siding is responsible for keeping away moisture and wind damage, but most reliable and high quality products are going to do that just fine.
However, modern siding might be able to offer you more than just a pretty face these days. Want to find out about the best siding options for your Columbus home? Follow along with the APCO experts to learn about insulated siding!
Insulated siding has been designed along with the rest of the energy-efficient home trends we’ve seen all across the home improvement industry in recent years. The goal is to keep more outdoor air and temperatures out, and more of your high-cost heating and cooling in.
Your home’s insulation factor is represented in R-Value, or the capacity to resist heat flow. The higher the value, the better the resistance, although that’s not always a perfect translation to “the higher the number, the better.” This is because you can essentially hit a point of diminishing returns, where insulation is no longer adding benefits. However, since up until now you couldn’t really get insulation on the outside of your exterior walls, the protection provided by insulated siding is all gravy.
The best thing about it? It actually works—and in more ways than you might even expect. Not only has insulated siding been shown to add a fair bit of R-value to your home’s envelope, but it also has seen considerable advantages through helping improve drying capacity and moisture prevention. Additionally, the construction of insulated siding materials tends to need to be of a higher quality, and thus you get a great product on top of the other advantages.
So, to sum it all up, you get:
And on top of it all, you still get something that looks great. Options like CraneBoard or Board & Batten offered by companies like Exterior Portfolio still come in a very wide array of styles and appearances, so you lose none of your aesthetic versatility.
As a short answer, yes it is. However, you basically need to look at things like siding improvements, adding a sunroom, or window upgrades as mid-length investments. If you plan on moving into a new home in two or three years, then no. You won’t spend enough time with the insulated siding for it to pay for itself, and thus you might want to focus on something that’s more short-term rewarding. But, if you plan to stay in your home 5-10 years, or you want to boost the value of the home you’re about to sell, then yes, it’s an awesome investment.