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How siding affects your home’s energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is gaining traction among homeowners. It’s always been a popular topic, but now, as people are spending more time at home and using more electricity, they’re searching for ways to save energy and cut down on their monthly bills. Your choice of siding could provide an opportunity to increase your energy efficiency.

For those considering purchasing a new home or remodeling an existing house, it’s important to consider the materials used during construction.

According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2020 Cost vs. Value Report, fiber-cement and vinyl siding replacements rank among the top of the remodeling projects that retain their value when reselling the house.

But how does siding effect your home’s energy efficiency?

These are some of the factors you should consider when thinking about siding as a way to create an energy-efficient home.

Color matters, and not just for aesthetics

One advantage of vinyl siding is that it comes in a variety of colors. In fact, vinyl siding is available in almost any shade you can imagine: reds, blues, green, browns, etc. Anti-fading technology does not guarantee that siding will never fade, but it will be colorfast for a very long time.

However, your color choice may depend on where you live, if you want to maximize energy-efficiency. “Similar to how black asphalt gets hotter than the lighter concrete sidewalk, darker colored vinyl siding absorbs more heat,” Lynch explained. “Your home’s insulation should help to keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter, but it’s also important to consider where you live.”

So, for example, if you lived somewhere such as Denver, CO, and you wanted to retain heat, a dark-colored siding would be ideal. But for residents of Texas, it’s more important to keep your home cool. Lynch recommends lighter-colored siding to optimize energy efficiency in warmer regions.