Testing Shows Insulated Siding Reduces Energy Use and Saves Money

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Independent tests find that insulated siding offers an average system R-value of 3.96 (more than three times the system R-value of other popular home claddings), a number which can translate into reduced energy consumption of up to 20%. Insulated siding is home siding that includes a rigid foam insulation, fused behind the exterior surface of the siding panel. Because the insulation is contoured to fill the gap between the siding and your home, insulated siding delivers maximum energy efficiency, along with durability, low maintenance and lasting beauty.

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Homeowners today are more interested in reducing their energy needs than ever before, and with a product like insulated siding, they can save up to 20% on their monthly energy consumption

Americans will spend an average of 10% more on heating their homes this winter, according to an October 2007 report from the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association (NEADA). Third-party research demostrates that Insulated siding with Fullback Technologyâ„¢ helps consumers reduce heating costs by up to 20% with the highest insulation rating (wall system R-value*) of any exterior cladding product on the market -- 3.96.

With an average system R-value* of 3.96, more than triple that of the next most energy-efficient exterior cladding, insulated siding significantly reduces heat and cooling loss, while improving home value and curb appeal and reducing maintenance. Products like fiber cement, brick and cultured stone offer virtually no insulation, with average system R-values of 0.15 to .062.

Insulated siding is home siding that includes a rigid foam insulation, fused behind the exterior surface of the siding panel. Unlike flat foam insulations that leave gaps through which hot and cold air escape, insulated siding's custom-contoured shape and continuous coverage drastically reduce temperature loss. For further information, go to http://www.chooseinsulatedsiding.com.

Wall studs make up 25% of the wall surface of an average home. As much as 40% of heat loss occurs through wall studs where there is no insulation material. Insulated Siding envelops the home in a total energy blanket by insulating continuously over the framing of your home, where heat loss is greatest.

"Homeowners today are more interested in reducing their energy needs than ever before, and with a product like insulated siding, they can save up to 20% on their monthly energy consumption," said Pat Culpepper, president of Progressive Foam Technologies, Inc., which manufactures the rigid foam backing.

Insulated Siding is available through a range of premium siding manufacturers including Alcoa Home Exteriors, Alside, CertainTeed, Crane Performance Siding, Heartland Building Products, Mitten Inc., Norandex/Reynolds, KP Building Products, RMC/Style Crest and Variform. Fullback Technology, the application of contoured, high-performance EPS foam to any exterior siding product, is manufactured by Progressive Foam Technologies at its headquarters in Beach City, Ohio.

*R-value is the recognized numerical measure of the ability of an insulation product to restrict the flow of heat and, therefore, to reduce energy costs. R-values may be expressed per unit of thickness (e.g., one inch) or for the total thickness of a particular insulation product or installation. The higher the R-value, the better the product's insulating ability. Visit http://www.ftc.gov/os/1999/08/rvaluefr.htm for full information regarding R-value. The wall system R-value average is an industry average based on the collective R-values of all insulated siding products offered by various manufacturers.

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