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A Silver Lining for Siding

With today's high energy costs, homeowners are always looking for ways to make their homes more energy efficient. One increasingly popular option is thermal-enhanced siding such as the Fullback Thermal Support System, which consists of silver-colored expanded polystyrene foam insulation formed to fit the profile of vinyl siding panels. With an R-value of up to 5.0, Fullback can cut home energy costs by up to 20 percent, according to the manufacturer.

Appropriate for both new construction and remodeling projects, the insulated siding can cut heating and cooling bills, reduce interior noise levels, and help prevent the growth of mold, since it will not trap water vapor in the wall. It's also resistant to termites and carpenter ants, more durable than traditional siding, and it's fire-retardant.

Fullback is available either as a unit "siding with the built-in insulation" or as insulation that can be added to any siding product. For more information, visit