Insulated siding for greater resilience and weatherproofing
In recent years, foam backed vinyl siding has increased in popularity for both commercial and residential applications. Most commonly insulated siding is manufactured similarly to traditional vinyl siding, but with a layer of expanded polystyrene (EPS) fitted to the underside of the boards. This foam acts as an insulator, and also serves to make your siding system more resilient to impact and warping.
Another facet of insulated siding is the color versatility. In the past, vinyl siding has been confined to beige, white or grey. Now, manufacturers are producing foam backed vinyl siding in every color from blue to red to pink, giving home- and facility-owners design versatility. No matter what aesthetic you are trying to achieve, there is a variation of insulated vinyl siding that will work for your home or commercial building.
If you’re thinking about installing or repairing foam backed vinyl siding, this is what you need to know:
Insulated siding for improved r-value
EPS foam is an excellent insulator, with a high r-value—or resistance heat flow—which is why it is used as the backing of foam siding. For both commercial and residential applications, foam backed vinyl siding protects buildings from extreme temperatures, resulting in lower heating and cooling bills. Foam siding is also breathable, meaning your siding system has some vapor permeability without retaining moisture.
Less maintenance than traditional siding
Insulated vinyl siding is a middle ground between traditional vinyl siding and more expensive materials, such as wood siding—foam backed vinyl siding costs about $1.70-$4.20 per square foot.
When compared to traditional vinyl siding, foam siding requires less maintenance, as the foam behind the siding system alleviates problems caused by expansion and contracting around seams. This means the wind is less likely to pull at the seams of foam siding, and water is less likely to leak through.
The importance of proper installation
As with most siding and roofing projects, proper installation is absolutely crucial to the success of a system. A bad installation can result in warped boards, buckled siding, leaks and gaps between seams—all of which can lead to the premature failure of your foam siding system.
An experienced siding contractor will install flashings correctly around windows and dormers, as well as cut and align insulated siding boards perfectly, preventing pull-away from seams and corners.
The added value of a quality siding contractor
Choosing the right siding contractor for your home or commercial building is paramount to the longevity of your foam siding system. That’s why you should schedule a consultation with Wildwood Roofing & Construction. We’re St. Louis’ experts on roofing and siding. We have the care and precision to replace siding on homes, and the bandwidth and diligence to take on large-scale commercial projects. Home- and facility-owners around St. Louis trust us to protect their assets.
We’re passionate about what we do. We live for the feeling of seeing a job well done. This means using knowing the proper siding installation techniques better than anyone else. It means being up-to-date on fire safety codes, St. Louis City and County building codes and international standards. Our goal is to deliver siding solutions that meet your facility or home’s needs. And we do it seamlessly.
We operate by a higher standard. Other guys? They want to get the job done. We want to get it done right—on time and on budget. When we give you a quote for your foam siding, we’ll stick to it. Same with the timeline. We want the finished product to be something we’re proud of and you’re happy with. Maybe that’s why we’re proud of every commercial and residential siding project we’ve ever completed.
So schedule a risk-free siding consultation and learn what sets us apart.
Drop us a line to tell us your project goals. We’ll tell you how we can exceed them.