Energy efficient windows are a phenomenal addition to your Hickory Hills home. They save money while keeping your home environment more comfortable. While they create so many wonderful advantages, they often work TOO well and can damage vinyl siding.
How does this happen?
Sometimes sun reflects off of energy efficient windows at just the right angle to deflect the solar heat onto vinyl siding. The window acts as a magnifying glass, focusing all of that heat onto a small area. It could be your own window causing the problem or a neighbors window that is reflecting onto your home. Without barriers, this intense heat can cause older vinyl siding to melt or warp.
A great way to counteract this is by making sure your siding is updated with the latest materials. There is vinyl siding that is extremely heat resistant and can withstand temps over 250 degrees. It costs a bit more but is a worthwhile investment to keep your home exterior in great shape. It also doesn’t hurt that newer siding on your home can improve curb appeal and many contractors nowadays offer more competitive pricing.
There are easier ways to create barriers if new siding is not an option for you. Landscape buffers can provide the perfect shade and take the strain off of exterior materials. Plants and trees will not only add to the beauty of your home but keep reflections from lasering onto your home. You can install an exterior window shade or awning over the offending window. This will keep the sun from reflecting off of the glass and projecting onto your beautiful siding. This is often a faster solution than waiting for a tree to grow. It will depend on how the homeowner feels about the look of exterior awnings and what type of materials they can afford to decide if this option is the right solution for you.
There are also films or full screens you can place over windows to diffuse the reflection but, again, this may alter the look of your home and may not be something you are keen on exploring.
To truly experience the long-life and easy maintenance vinyl siding provides, it may be worthwhile to be sure your materials are resistant to high temperatures and explore these great preventative tips. With so many types and styles of vinyl siding available, it can seem impossible to find the best fit for your home. Our Hickory Hills Siding Experts can present you with the best options available and help you select the right siding for your home.
With nearly 20 years installing, repairing and maintaining siding in Hickory Hills and the Chicagoland area, we strive to deliver amazing service using high-quality products to each of our clients. To find out how we can help you, give Cousins Construction a call today at 773.294.7859. No matter what you are hoping to achieve, we have you covered!