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Why Minneapolis Homeowners Should Consider CraneBoard® Insulated Vinyl Siding

We’re very aware from the people we talk to as well as the general public consciousness that homeowners here in the Minneapolis area are concerned about energy efficiency, especially in their homes.  One way you can make your home more energy efficient is to replace your old siding with quality insulated vinyl siding.

photo courtesy of Royal Building Products

Some people think of vinyl siding as being a cheap product, and while some of the early vinyl siding options (and in fact some still marketed today) fall into that category, that’s not what we install.  We are proud to offer Exterior Portfolio® CraneBoard® Solid CoRe Siding® , a high quality insulated vinyl siding product we believe is great for homes in Minnesota.

Most homes are constructed with some sort of insulation placed between the framing lumber  or steel (studs) on the exterior walls. But heat can be transferred by the studs to whatever is on the outside surface. This is called ‘thermal bridging.’ Neither wood or steel is a very good insulator, so to increase the energy efficiency of a home’s exterior, it just makes sense for there to be some sort of insulation between the studs and the siding. That’s where insulated siding – such as CraneBoard®, a foam-backed vinyl, comes in.

Sometimes there are other layers between the studs and the siding, most notably sheathing (usually plywood) and a water/vapor barrier film (‘house wrap’). None of these supplies much in the way of insulation.  At times contractors might put rigid foam in place, but that adds another step. Doesn’t it make more sense to do the siding and insulation all in one process?  Less time, less labor cost, lower material cost.  And it raises the overall R-value of the outside walls.

According to the Vinyl Siding Institute, “In energy codes and energy efficiency programs, such as LEED v4, insulated siding is recognized as a form of continuous insulation.” And CraneBoard® is rated by Progressive Foam Technologies as one of the top insulated vinyl siding brands. (PFT was the inventor of insulated vinyl siding, which hit the U.S. market in the mid 1990s. So we think that’s high praise.)

CraneBoard provides excellent improvement in a home’s R-value of its outside walls, even in our cold winter climate.  To find out more about this great siding product and get a quote on having it installed on your home, please contact us for a free in-home, no obligation consultation. In the meantime, you can also visit us on Pinterest and take a look at just some of the beautiful siding looks available with CraneBoard.

Window Outfitters, Inc. is a licensed home improvement company serving the greater Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area. We specialize in the installation of energy-efficient exterior remodeling products like siding, replacement windows, and more.



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