Proper insulation is without a doubt one of the easiest ways to make sure your home is not wasting energy. Whether you simply care about energy consumption for environmental purposes or are more concerned about saving money, improving your insulation will make a big difference. While most people think of their walls and attics when they think of insulation, windows and siding play a pretty significant role as well. Plus, there is a lot more that you can control, when it comes to your windows and siding. 1st Choice Windows and Siding can help you with insulating your home, if you live in the Denver area. They can help you decide which replacement windows and siding options suit your purposes.
When it comes to siding, there have been many different materials used over the years. For a long time, aluminum siding was the inexpensive, popular option for people looking for something practical and durable. While it is true that aluminum is durable, when it comes to holding up in a hail storm, aluminum siding is not good at insulating your home. If you have aluminum siding, you could be losing a lot of money, due to energy loss every year. This is one reason why vinyl siding has begun to replace it, as the norm. Vinyl siding may not hold up quite as well against hail as aluminum, but it more than makes up for that with insulation. Vinyl siding is great for insulation, since it is such a dense, nonconductive material. Heat can barely escape through the dense plastic. Not only that, vinyl siding is quite aesthetically pleasing. It can be molded to any pattern, with most varieties being designed to resemble wood grain. This way, there is no visible difference between wood siding and vinyl siding, despite the many practical advantages of vinyl. Wood siding is a good insulator, but it is not particularly waterproof, and it requires regular maintenance. All of this is something to consider when weighing the costs of siding installation.
Windows, despite the fact that the comprise a relatively small area on the surface of your home, are one of the biggest determining factors, in terms of energy efficiency. Windows are very thin, and the glass provides little to know insulation. Nevertheless, it is the window frames that make the biggest difference, when it comes to energy usage. Replacement window frames can be made out of various different materials, including wood and vinyl. Wood window frames are becoming less popular for the very same reasons wood siding is declining. Wood is simply impractical to have on the outside of your home, since it is so susceptible to water damage. You must treat it with a special sealant every year just to make sure it does not begin to deteriorate. None of this is necessary with vinyl windows. Vinyl window frames are extremely waterproof, and they do not require regular maintenance or upkeep of any kind. This makes them the most practical option, for those in need of affordable replacement windows.