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Traditional or Insulated Vinyl Siding?

I'm in the process of obtaining quotes to side my house. I know traditional siding but found that Certainteed offer an insulated siding, which I would think is a more affordable and better option to go with.

I've spoken to my builder who claims that if I used insulated siding he doesn't put up any insulation, but if I choose the traditional siding he'll add insulation before putting up the board. I don't really understand all of this and would appreciate some advice, I wonder if he shouldn't use a foam backing first? According to the contractor if I want he can add a rigid type of foam if I go with the backed siding, so now I really am not sure which route to choose.

Catherine - Homeowner - 2012

[Contractor Response]

Your builder is on the right track. Many of the manufacturers will include a foam backing to their panels. It's worthwhile spending the extra money to include the rigid foam of around 1 to 2 inches and then install the siding because it will increase your R-Value and last longer.

Zack - Contractor - 2012

Norandex Polar Wall Siding Review

The Norandex Polar Plus is defintely a great product and quite easy to install. I was worried about doing the installation myself, but it wasn't as tough as I was expecting. The home is quieter with the added insulation to the walls and this was a big question mark for me going into the project. I'd read that foam backed wouldn't make much of a difference, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Edward - Homeowner - from 2011

Crane Board, Certainteed or Alside Prodigy?

I siding my home and have a number of products to choose from - all insulated vinyl siding. Right now I am looking at quotes from Certainteed cedar board, Crane board and Alside Prodigy and I really am not sure which is the better option. Overall I want the one that will look good and last the longest. I am using 7" clapboard and both the Certainteed and Alside are 7" single panel, while the Crane Board is a 7" double. Any advice would be appreciated.

2010 - Shaun - Homeowner

[Contractor Response]

What I would do is ensure your walls are well insulated, then you can choose the siding which looks the best on your property, rather than concentrating on the R-values. If you don't have insulation in your walls, you may want to do that before siding the property to save yourself money in the long run. But if your walls are insulated, go with the one you prefer.

Adrian - Contractor - 2010

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Royal Woodland

I'm not a fan of the way Royal vinyl siding looks in general. I think the quality is there, but not the aesthetics. Their low end board the Royal Crest is low quality and I'll bet it's what many of the local installers are putting up on homes. The Royal Woodland insulated siding is a quality product, but again I'm not a big fan of how it looks.

Wayne - Contractor - 2010

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