A lot of St. Louis area homeowners worry that it will cost a fortune to get replacement siding installed. However, think again - think about how much money you are throwing away each year on your energy bills because of poorly installed siding materials that allow for heat gain/loss, causing your HVAC systems to work much harder than they need to in order to keep your family comfortable. Many of the best and most sustainable options are familiar materials that have been around for years. This includes products that have some recycled materials in them, and others that are known for their insulating qualities. When choosing the right material for your home, the experts here at Greenmark Home Performance will help you to better understand the pros and cons of each option so that you can make an educated buying decision.
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Listed below are several things to consider before starting a project:
When choosing a replacement material, you are going to need to consider how long it's going to last, if the material will be able to be recycled, and if it will require a significant amount of maintenance to keep it looking great. High-maintenance materials are not very sustainable, and they require constant re-painting and can use a lot of resources and energy during their life.
This kind of replacement project provides homeowners with a great opportunity to improve their structure's energy performance. You have the option of adding a house wrap which can prevent moisture intrusion and air leaks. Also, rigid foam insulation can be installed to protect your home from mold problems and condensation on the walls. This insulating material can also help to increase the R-value of your home. Better R-value means better energy efficiency.
This is a thin, semi-permeable membrane which will be installed outside the wall sheathing and underneath the siding. It is extremely durable, long-lasting, and the plastic material is recyclable. Using this along with properly sealed joints at windows and doors can help to reduce air loss and help you to save on energy bills.
This material is lightweight, easy to install, and is available in a variety of thicknesses. It can be installed directly over existing wall materials, such as stucco or wood. It is made from extruded polystyrene and can be recycled.
This is comparable to traditional vinyl siding materials except it also has a layer of EPS foam insulation. This added thickness helps to make it a lot more flexible and easy to install. It can add around 3 to your home's R-value.
This is a low maintenance material that is made from sand, clay, and wood pulp fibers. It's resistant against termites, fires, and it will never rot, warp, or decay like similar materials. It is durable and can last for many years without any problems.
This material can provide a stunning look for the outside of your home, but it requires a lot of maintenance. Wood is a natural insulator and it is a renewable product which can be recycled.
It's made from sand, water, and cement which is mixed into a plaster. It's environmentally-friendly and is effective at reducing air infiltration.