13 Dec Why Adding Insulation When Replacing Siding Is A Smart Move
Adding Insulation When Replacing Siding
One consideration for anyone looking to replace the exterior siding of their home is the opportunity to also increase the insulation performance while you’re at it. Especially if your home does not have the best insulation currently, installing exterior thermal insulation beneath your siding is a great way to improve its comfort and energy efficiency.
If you’re considering adding insulation when replacing siding on your home, the approach below is a cost-effective way to do it.
How To Increase Insulation In Your Home and use EverLog Siding
EverLog Siding is similar in appearance to our structural and insulated EverLogs, however, they are simply made of a thin, lightweight, layer of Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete. Each log is then easily attached to any type of structure using a self-tapping wood or metal screw. Our siding can be screwed to almost any surface. Traditional 2x wood/steel framing, SIP panels, and ICF’s are the most common.
Because EverLog Siding is manufactured using only the best materials we achieve superior strength, durability, and performance.
Are the siding panels insulated you ask?
No, and there are a couple of reasons why.
First is that with the three-dimensional shape of our concrete log siding profiles we’re able to nest each log for shipping. If that cavity was insulated it could take 2-3 times as much space to ship. The second is that the insulation would only be effective in the cavity of the siding which leaves areas of the siding that wouldn’t have the same amount of insulation or none at all, and would leave cold zones.
So, how can I add additional insulation if I’m using EverLog siding?
How To Add Insulation When Replacing Siding
We recommend that most homes in the United States use an exterior insulation and furring technique to wrap the exterior of the home with a full blanket of foam or mineral insulation using wood, plastic, or metal furring strips that are attached vertically, horizontally, or even diagonally, over or in-between the foam using long screws to anchor the furring into the structure. Our siding is lightweight enough that it can then be attached directly to the furring strips. The resulting siding, air space, insulation, and air barrier combine to keep the wall warm and dry.