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Increase Energy Efficiency and Beat the Heat With New Siding

Posted on June 14, 2019

Moline Siding Replacement

As warmer temperatures settle in, many homeowners are turning on their air conditioning to keep their homes comfortable. While this is a natural part of summer, it can unfortunately come with high energy costs. However, the right energy efficient features can help keep your home comfortable while keeping your HVAC usage — and therefore your energy bills — lower. Often, when we think of energy efficiency, we think of windows. But your siding can make a good impact on your home's energy efficiency, too.


R-Value measures the ability of your siding to resist heat flow. In the winter, higher R-value will keep heat from escaping the inside of your home through your siding, while in the summer, it keeps unwanted outdoor heat from getting in. Aluminum vinyl siding typically has an R-Value of about 1.8, which isn't ideal by any means. At Mainstream Home Improvements, we offer Prodigy Siding, with a stunning R-Value of 5.0 for clapboard and 5.3 for dutch lap panels.


The key element to R-Value is insulation, and insulated siding is becoming more and more popular for this reason. At Mainstream Home Improvements, both our Prodigy Siding and our Charter Oak Energy Elite system are insulated siding. Charter Oak has the classic look of oak siding, but with the strength of PVC resin that better resists heat. The insulation keeps your R-Value high, while also filling hollow spaces behind siding where termites and other pests might try to get in.


If your energy efficient siding is easily worn down by the elements outside, to the point that it's no longer able to function in the way it should, it isn't energy efficient. While insulation is important, it's also important that your siding be able to stand up to your climate. Your siding should resist rotting, warping, shrinking, and swelling. It should be able to stand up to heat, cold, and ultraviolet rays of sunlight, with formidable impact resistance and color that doesn't easily fade.

Do you need new siding to add energy efficiency to your home? Contact Mainstream Home Improvements today for more information or a free estimate.

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