Reduce Noise in Your Home with New Siding
How often do you think about the siding on your home? It provides a necessary barrier from the weather, plays a part in regulating the climate inside your home, and it adds a lot to the overall appearance of your home.
But that’s not all your siding does. It also helps control how quiet your home is by preventing outside noise from getting in.
Let’s take a look at siding basics, as well as the best types of siding for noise reduction and overall home protection.
The Importance of Siding
The siding on your home is a crucial piece of your home protection. It protects your home from harsh weather—like a Colorado hail storm—and keeps other threats like insects, moisture, and dirt at bay.
Why does my siding make noise?
Your siding can also play a part in managing the climate of your home. If you have old siding, you can upgrade to an energy-efficient option that handles temperature fluctuations better because it is insulated to do so. You may have noticed your siding making noise in cold weather, and that’s normal; it’s from the friction created when your building materials contract and expand with the changing temperatures.
Why should I have my siding inspected?
If your siding is installed improperly or unprofessionally, you risk major damage to your home. For example, if the siding pieces are misaligned, there could be vulnerable spots and openings where moisture or pests get through and damage your insulation and particle board. Similarly, hail storm damage to your siding can open you up to such vulnerabilities and increase the likelihood of noise penetrating your home.
For these reasons, you should schedule routine inspections of your siding and perform maintenance on it as needed.
Select Types of Siding Are Better for Noise Reduction Than Others
For the most part, there are three types of siding that actually help reduce outside sounds from entering your home. Here are three options of the best siding for noise reduction.
Insulated Vinyl Siding
There are many perks to insulated vinyl siding, including ease of installation, low required maintenance, and affordability. Another benefit is that insulated vinyl siding can reduce noise by up to 39% compared to a wall without it. The only potential drawback is that vinyl siding isn’t as durable as other types of siding.
In addition to looking nice, wood siding is also a decent material for reducing noise pollution. It is naturally dense and porous, which helps prevent sound from penetrating into your home. One note on wood siding is that it can be expensive to install and routine maintenance is required to prevent rotting and other damage.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding is manufactured to look like other types of siding (like vinyl or wood), and because it’s made of materials like wood, sand, and cement, it is dense and can help reduce noise pollution. Fiber cement siding is also highly durable, and as such, it can be a bit more expensive to install.
Your Windows Also Play a Part in Noise Reduction
Siding isn’t the only important component in keeping your home quiet and peaceful when it’s noisy outside. Your windows are also an important factor.
The age of your windows, location, materials, glass (single-pane or double-pane), and their condition all help determine how much noise comes through. For example, if you can feel a draft coming from any of your windows, you have a poor seal, which is leaving an opening that’s allowing sound to travel in and out.
Newer windows have better materials for preventing such drafts and noise to travel into your home. Here’s more information on how to know if you need to replace your windows, as well as a guide on selecting the right windows for your home.
We’ve Got You Covered
No matter what state your siding is in, we can help you make sure your home is ready for winter weather by completing a free, proper inspection.
We have the experience and knowledge you need to feel safe and confident that whatever Mother Nature throws at you, your family will be protected. We service homes and businesses throughout the Denver Metro, Front Range, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins areas, and we’re ready to help you.
Give us a call at 303-425-7531 or click here to get in touch online.