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  Siding can make or break a home and there are a variety of choices. However, finding a style and color that looks good and adds curb appeal can become challenging when you don’t want to break the bank. That’s why Power Home Remodeling Group has put together a guide to help you find energy efficient siding that works for your home and your pockets.  • Vinyl Siding: Vinyl siding is a plastic exterior made to resemble wood clapboard, and can be decorative as well as provide armor for rough weather. Our Power Wall system is one of the most energy efficient options that vinyl siding has to offer.    This system combines three layers to create a more comprehensive solution, beginning with RainDrop, a wrap that lies underneath the siding and protects the home from moisture damage. The second layer consists of Neopor® Insulated Foam, which provides excellent insulation and improves the energy efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling system.  Lastly, there’s our CedarTech Siding, the outermost layer that resembles real cedar wood and leaves a lasting impression on any home. Together, these three components work to increase your home’s R-Value while decreasing home energy costs.  • Insulated Vinyl Siding:  This type is similar to regular vinyl siding, but contains an extra layer of foam insulation. Compared to the parent product, this siding does not require as much maintenance and will stand up to the test of time, while slightly increasing your home’s R-value. The downfall? The cost is typically higher than that of traditional vinyl siding.  • Fiber-Cement Siding:  Made up of natural materials including sand, clay, wood-pulp fibers, and cement, fiber-cement siding is considered very durable, resistant to rot, flame retardant and termite proof. Like insulated vinyl siding, fiber-cement siding is low-maintenance and can last for decades, but you won’t see a serious decrease in your energy bills.    • Wood Siding: An eco-friendly option, wood siding can be reused and recycled for other purposes. If you want to use this material for your home’s siding, be sure that it has been certified by a sustainable, managed forest association. This will ensure quality and reusability of the wood, which will require re-staining every few years. However, while wood siding is beautiful to look at, it will only increase your home’s energy efficiency marginally by a value of R-1.  • Stucco Siding:  While stucco is not the most “green” form of siding, there are a variety of eco-friendly options available to homeowners, most of which are made with an earth-and-lime mixture, as opposed to cement and epoxy. Natural stucco siding may require some upkeep throughout the years, and you may not see your home energy costs drop significantly, but the carbon footprint is minimal.  However, the cost to purchase and install Stucco siding can be significant, as this option would typically be the most expensive on this list.    A word to the wise - no matter what type of siding you choose, you should always consider the value of housing wrap to prevent water and air leakages, as well as a rigid-foam insulation, which will help to protect from moisture damage. The extra layer of protection will increase R-value from R-12 to between R-16 and R-20. This can ultimately reduce your energy costs significantly each year.  For more information on energy efficient siding options, contact the experts at Power Home Remodeling Group.

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