Vinyl sidings and windows are great energy-efficient options for any home. More homeowners are realizing the benefits of replacing older windows and siding with energy-efficient vinyl. Installing vinyl windows and sidings can save you considerable amounts of energy. The savings are so large that vinyl windows and sidings generally pay for themselves in less than five years.
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Insulated vinyl windows offer a high resistance to heat intake or heat loss. This enables conservation of large amounts of energy. Vinyl siding with an insulating foam core provides solid insulation on all the sides of your home. Vinyl windows may use a heavy gas called Argon, which is sealed between the panes. A metallic coat applied on the glass can also reduce heat transmission, and is known as a ‘low-e coating’.
There are certain terms that are helpful in deducing the insulating properties of vinyl windows and sidings. The R value denotes the resistance of the material to heat gain and heat loss. A higher R value indicates better energy efficiency. Insulated vinyl sidings and windows can have R values of around 4.0. The U value is the inverse of R, and denotes the material’s susceptibility to heat loss and gain. A low U value close to 0.2 is highly desirable. Vinyl windows and sidings with the Energy Star label are a reliable means of reducing your energy losses.
Benefits of Insulated Vinyl Windows and Sidings
- Installing insulated vinyl windows and sidings may cost you at first, but it is an expense that will pay for itself in a few years time. Energy prices are increasing daily, and as we consume more of our non-renewable resources, we can expect further hikes in cost.
- Insulated vinyl windows and sidings provide superior effectiveness in such qualities as insulation, sound-proofing and air blocking. This prevents energy losses and also reduces external noise and drafts in your home.
- In addition to the practical benefits, insulated vinyl siding is also sturdier than standard vinyl. It offers a much higher resistance to impacts that may dent standard siding. It is much more solid, and also looks better than older vinyl siding. The foam core in insulated vinyl siding increases the expected lifespan of the siding.
- Insulated vinyl windows are durable and long lasting. Installing vinyl windows with a high R value will ensure lower heat crossover, and save you significant money.
- Insulated vinyl sidings and windows are quite affordable. They provide a wide range of benefits for a reasonable price, and are long-lasting, durable and low maintenance.
- A number of styles and types of vinyl windows and sidings are available on the market. You can select any shape or design for your windows, so that you can match the décor of your home. Insulated vinyl sidings are also more attractive now, with some having the look and feel of real wood, but none of the drawbacks of wood.
- You are better off buying vinyl windows and sidings that have an Energy Star label or an equivalent, so that you are assured of greater energy savings.
- Insulated vinyl windows are available in several different designs. Double glazed windows and tinted windows provide superior cover from the sun and reduce cooling costs.