What Type of Siding is Most Energy Efficient?

What is the most energy efficient siding?

One of the most important factors to consider when you need siding replacement in Trenton is energy efficiency. Your siding should be able to protect your home from the weather without requiring you to crank up the heat or air conditioning. Siding that is more energy efficient is also preferred as the world becomes more environmentally concerned.

The question is, which siding type is the most energy-efficient? There are various types of energy-efficient home siding available, and they are not all created equal. To determine which siding would truly provide the best energy performance, you must consider things like maintenance, durability, and insulation.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the most energy-efficient siding replacement options —


Many homeowners prefer wood siding that has a rugged, classic look, but it is also recyclable, making it a greener option than other siding options. It's a natural insulator; therefore, it's been popular for many years. It does, however, require frequent, intense maintenance to withstand the elements. Wood siding swells, warps, and rots if it isn't treated properly and regularly. Its insulating quality will diminish as it warps, exposing your property to drafts and potential leaks. It has a low R-value of about R-1 as well. Despite this, it is still one of the most expensive options available.


Many homeowners like the smooth appearance of stucco, and it certainly holds up when it comes to air leakage. It's also as expensive as, if not more expensive than, wood siding, and the cost savings on energy bills may be offset by the upkeep of stucco siding. Stucco siding can begin to crack if it is not maintained regularly, which can be an expensive repair.

Steel Siding

Steel siding can be seamless, which keeps leaks and pests out better than other siding forms. Recent steel siding is becoming more stylish and sleeker. On the other hand, Steel siding lacks natural insulation, making it unsuitable for climates where the weather can get freezing in winter. Steel siding can be put or installed over existing insulation without bugging, but that insulation will be a separate cost.

Steel siding is a popular option among eco-conscious homeowners. Barns, sheds, and commercial structures are all included in this collection, suitable for residential and commercial structures. With an R-value of 2.2 to 2.63, steel insulated siding can help homeowners save a lot of money on their energy costs.

Composite Siding

Engineered wood siding was created to address the issues with wood siding. It's made with resins, wood fibers, and wax. This siding is long-lasting, biodegradable, looks as good as wood without the issues of warping, swelling, or rotting. It requires very little maintenance and provides your property with a quality seal. It's also less expensive than real wood siding.

Insulated Vinyl

Vinyl is another recyclable option that is far less expensive than wood. Vinyl is one of the most affordable solutions available, leading to homeowners opting for low-cost vinyl that cracks or warps too easily. On the other hand, quality vinyl is very low maintenance and just needs to be hosed down once in a while. It also has natural thermal resistance, and when you invest in insulated vinyl, it adds a significant R-value to your home. Insulated vinyl siding costs more than regular vinyl but less than wood or stucco siding.

R-Values of Insulated Vinyl, Steel, and Aluminum Siding The R-value of the siding will be boosted to 3.0-4.0 if you choose one of these siding options that is backed by high-quality foam insulation. That's a significant improvement, and it'll make a difference in how much energy you save in your home.

For An Energy Efficient Exterior Call Us Today!

Focusing on energy efficiency when choosing a new exterior for your home is one of the best ways to save money and add value to your property. Windows, siding, and roofing are the first line of protection against the elements, and choosing energy-efficient types can go a long way. 

We’re a locally owned siding company in Trenton, MI, with 40 years of experience and a track record of success in the Downriver area. Let’s discuss how we can assist you with your next siding project, call MCM Services for a free estimate or inspection (734) 676-6343.

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