Approximately 40 percent of the energy lost through a traditionally insulated wood framed wall is through the wood studs that comprise up to a quarter of a home's exterior. Studs act as thermal bridges that allow more energy to pass through the wall. Increasingly, homeowners want to select products that help reduce home heating expenses.
CertainTeed CedarBoards(TM) Insulated Siding breaks the thermal bridge by insulating continuously over framing where energy loss is greatest. In fact, CedarBoards add an R-value of between 4.18 and 5.29 and, used in conjunction with CertainTeed fiber glass insulation batts, rolls or CertaSpray Foam Insulation, can help homeowners create wall systems that maximize the energy efficiency of their homes.
"The Environmental Protection Agency predicts the average American household will spend more than $1,900 on energy bills this year," says Phyllis Vail, Director of Marketing Communications for CertainTeed. "CedarBoards can help reduce these energy bills and, actually improve the overall R-value of a traditionally insulated wood-framed wall by up to 39 percent."
Molded from real cedar boards and backed with extruded polystyrene insulation, CedarBoards has a natural rough-cedar texture and the flat-faced, straight-edged look of wide board wood siding. It is available in 18 colors and four styles, as well as two different panel lengths (12 feet, 6 inches and 16 feet, 8 inches), and with a full contingent of specially designed trim and accessories. CedarBoards is backed by a lifetime limited warranty with CertainTeed's exclusive PermaColor(TM) Lifetime Fade Protection.
"Using CedarBoards, homeowners can boost the curb appeal of their home, while also making it more energy-efficient," adds Vail. "Homeowners can maintain lower energy bills while they increase the value of their home."
CedarBoards also requires no painting, caulking or harsh chemicals, which contributes to the sustainability and low maintenance of any project. It enhances indoor comfort and helps meet the performance guidelines of an ENERGY STAR(R) qualified new home.
In addition, CertainTeed vinyl siding products help building professionals qualify toward credits for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED(R)) through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and certification through the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Green Building Guidelines. For more information, visit http://www.certainteed.com .