What is insulated siding?

By: Allison Q Guido, CS (Almar Building & Remodeling, Hanover Mass)

Certainteed CedarBoard in arbor blend

Certainteed CedarBoard in arbor blend

Installing new siding on your house is a big investment. It can really As you consider your vinyl siding options to should think about not just the basic options like what style siding you want but also should you invest in Insulated Vinyl Siding panels or not. All vinyl siding opting will provide a low maintenance exterior to your home but choosing insulated siding panels can add a whole lot more. Like strength and energy efficiency

So what is insulated siding?
            Insulated siding has rigid foam insulation on the back side of the panel.  It is  contoured to fit the profile of the siding it is paired with. (We can also provide a foam board option that is not contoured, this as some but not all of the same benefits as the insulated panels.)

Why would I want Insulated Siding?
            If you are going to be installing new siding anyway upgrading from standard to insulated is a smart choice because it:

  • Improves efficiency
  • Improves the appearance of your new siding
  • Adds a layer of protection to your home
  • Provides superior moisture management
  • Makes you more comfortable inside.[1]

How do I choose?
            Several siding manufacturers make insulated siding. Once you decide you want to go with Insulated Siding there are several other choices to make: Full back, half back, and liner backer[2]. You should decide what your top reasons are for wanting insulated siding and then discuss them with your contractor. As a Professional installer your contractor can help you choose the best product for your needs.

Which Siding Manufactures should I consider?
            After 55 years in business we have worked with man different products and manufacturers. We have found that Certainteed and Alside both provide a wide ranges of quality products, in various price points to fit everyone’s budget, and offer great customers service to us and out clients.

Certainteed’s Cedar Board: comes in various lengths, widths and styles, with more than 15 color options, and is an NAHB approved Green Product, and contains recycled materials. [3]

Alside’s Prodigy: delivers exceptional R-value performance, offers an Industry-leading warranty protects you and the value of your home, may substantially reduce energy consumption in any climate, Locking mechanism (patent pending) stands up to extreme winds, Defies dings and scratches from everything from hail to kids at play. [4]

Because there are many factors to consider while choosing your vinyl siding, you should give Almar Building and Remodeling a call talk to about your project and for more information about you options for deciding “What is insulated siding?

Our family has been working with families like yours for 55 years. And it is important to use that everyone works together to create the best possible remodeling experience. We never want to see someone regret the choice they made because they didn’t have all of their options. If you have questions about your home improvement project or would like more information on insulated siding panels Contact Almar: http://www.almarbuilding.com (781-826-2577) and watch our videos: http://www.youtube.com/almarbuilding

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Almar Building & Remodeling Co (Hanover Ma). As a third generation family owned and operated company for over 50 years Almar Building has all the benefits of a small company with the options of a larger company including financing. From Additions, Kitchens, Bathroom, Basement Renovations, Siding, Windows, to Doors Almar services the entire South Shore of Massachusetts including: Hanover, Hingham, Pembroke, Norwell, Scituate, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanson, Abington, Rockland, Holbrook, Braintree, Weymouth, Milton, and many more towns. “What is insulated siding?



[1] What is siding insulation and why do I need it?  By Progressive Foam: http://www.progressivefoam.com/what-is-siding-insulation

[2] Products by Progressive Foam,

[3] Certainteed Cedar Board: http://www.certainteed.com/products/vinyl-siding/horizontal-siding/cedarboards-insulated-siding#

[4] Alside Prodigy: http://www.prodigysiding.com/product.php