Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at DJK Siding. If you recall from last time, we started taking a look at some of the options you have for energy-efficient siding including improving your R-value with rigid foam sheathing and house wraps. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at the specific siding materials you can invest in to save energy.
Made of sand, cement, wood pulp fibers, and clay, fiber-cement siding is resistant to termites, rotting, and is low-maintenance. Although fiber-cement has a low R-value, it’s extremely long lasting and durable, lasting for decades.
Wood is unsurpassed in terms of its aesthetic value. Although it’s a precious natural resource, it is renewable and will degrade in landfills without any problems. But before you buy wood siding, check for FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification. This will ensure that the wood was harvested from managed forests. If you have a problem with having your siding maintained regularly, wood is not for you!
Made from a cement plaster and sand, stucco is insect-resistant, durable, and can last the lifetime of a home. In order to reduce the CO2 emissions and embedded energy associated with stucco, you can buy earth- or lime-mixture stucco instead of Portland cement and epoxy.
Made of resins, wax, and wood fibers, engineered wood is designed to look just like real wood shingles and lap siding. Engineered wood has a high sustainability factor and are designed to hold up well without maintenance. It also bio-degrades easily in landfills.
Energy-efficient and green siding won’t always break the bank. Several of the most sustainable materials are both affordable and have been on the market for years. Siding with improved insulation and made of recycled materials typically only add a moderate increase to the overall price, so it’s worth taking every option into consideration.
When it comes to getting the right siding option for the right price, you need to call your Top Rated Local® Siding Contractor in Colorado Springs and the Denver metro area, DJK Siding. Siding isn’t exactly the easiest thing to understand and we want you to get exactly what you’re looking for. Give us a call for a free project quote.