Installing insulated vinyl siding can do more than add aesthetic appeal to your home — it can make it more energy efficient.
Energy efficiency in Arkansas’s climate can be extremely valuable, particularly with energy prices on the rise. While you may not be able to predict exactly how expensive keeping your home warm or cool will be, you can be sure that adding insulation and vinyl siding to your existing brickwork is a step in a more energy efficient direction. This method of installing vinyl siding may seem odd, but it actually saves you from the time, money, and maintenance worries that come with brick exteriors.
Brick is an excellent building material, but it has maintenance issues that must be considered. While many homeowners are under the impression that brick will last forever without any kind of maintenance, this is untrue. Brick requires occasional installation of new mortar in between the individual bricks, also known as repointing. If this is not done, eventually the structural integrity of the wall will be compromised. Additionally, the mortar used must be of the right type or it can expand incorrectly, causing the bricks to crack. Brick also experiences constant subtle changes in color as it is exposed to the elements.
Vinyl siding is a completely different matter. Vinyl requires essentially no maintenance, and it does not change based on chemical factors. With UV-resistant vinyl siding, your Arkansas vinyl siding installer can place siding that will look great for decades to come.
Repointing older bricks can become a costly home expense, and often, consulting with an experienced mason is necessary. These individuals can charge hefty rates to evaluate the property and perform this time-consuming reconstructive work. By contrast, installing vinyl siding is a relatively low-cost matter, even with the addition of insulation. Additionally, if your vinyl siding ever becomes damaged, it can be replaced much more easily than brick.
Simple physics says that the more matter you have between your home’s interior and exterior, the slower the transfer of heat in or out will be. Because of this process, adding vinyl siding over your home’s brick exterior will make your heating and cooling costs lower. However, adding a few points of R-value with insulation and a reflective barrier to radiation can do even more to keep your home comfortable at a lower cost and higher return-on-investment.
Within any kind of wall there is the potential for rodent and insect intrusion. With brick walls, particularly older ones, the likelihood of cracks and chips that allow intrusion is far worse than with newer materials. You also have to be aware that even tiny entry points allow convection of hot or cold air into your home. In the installation process, sheathing and flashing are placed between the brick and insulation to create a watertight seal that weatherproofs the exterior. Sealing up the old brick by adding a new layer of siding and insulation then effectively keeps your home’s inside far more comfortable and protected.
Contacting a top quality Arkansas vinyl siding installer today about your siding options will make your home more comfortable and energy efficient. Get more information about installing insulated vinyl siding over your home’s brick exterior by requesting a free vinyl siding quote from SC Home – Roofing, Windows & Siding or calling (501) 588-0842. Our company is a certified vinyl siding installer by the Vinyl Siding Institute, which means we practice installation techniques based on industry-accepted standards to provide you with the highest customer satisfaction.