Siding Replacement in the Midwest

We at PondVIew install thousands of yards of siding each year, and to some of you it might be odd to hear that we don’t recommend vinyl siding for everyone. Many of our customers enjoy a rustic feel of aluminum or hardwood siding. If however, you prefer vinyl siding and the benefits that come along with it keep reading!

Now since all of our customers are located in the Michigan area and experience cold winters and hot summers, we would like to take this time to provide our readers with the most accurate information for deciding if vinyl siding or insulated vinyl siding is best for their home improvement project.

Vinyl Siding vs. Insulated Vinyl Siding

When considering a home improvement decision between vinyl siding and insulated vinyl siding, the following considerations should always be thoroughly vetted between your needs and the performance the siding:

  • Cost – How much are you willing to spend?
  • Appearance – How do you want your home to look?
  • Energy Savings – What type of ROI are you looking for?
  • Installation – How was your home built? How would you like the siding installed?
  • Durability – What type of weather conditions will your siding be exposed to?
  • Moisture – What type of humidity is common in your area?
  • Resale value – Are you looking at this as a major improvement to increase the value of your home?

Cost of installation (initial and lifetime)

One of the first questions we get for a vinyl installation job is how much does it cost? And the answer we always give is, “it depends.” It depends on the location and size of your home, the number of windows and doors that need to be sealed or worked around, the trim and accents you choose, and many other considerations. If you’re doing a search for “siding contractors near me”, then you may want to touch up on how cost can impact your siding installation.

Insulated vinyl siding can range in cost anywhere from $3.00 to $15.00 per square foot and installed on your home. The installed cost takes into account the siding raw material cost, labor cost of installation, removal of existing siding, and disposal of existing siding. While some jobs may fall out of this range depending on the materials installed and condition of your home, it does give a good range of what to expect. Another factor impacting cost is the color and performance of your siding, which we will get into at a later point.

Regardless of your choose, vinyl is the lowest maintenance and highest performance siding option available on the market today. The reduced maintenance eliminates painting, scraping, and caulking of traditional siding materials.

Desired siding appearance

The main reason people are looking to replace their siding is to improve the external appearance of their home. Considering this is a huge factor in determining curb appeal, it is almost always an easy bump in value.

Insulated vinyl siding comes standard with a solid foam core and custom exterior finishes and colors. Many of these colors come with IR reflective pigment packaged further reducing the heating and cooling cost of your home. The foam insulation also helps level the wall under the siding and reduce impact of your home settling.

Lastly, insulated vinyl siding products are much more resistant to cracking and denting. This is due to the foam core absorbing most of the impact and protecting the exterior siding. So if you have kids who are into sports, or panels that are subject to impact damage from rocks, baseballs, hail, or other projectiles insulated vinyl siding is a great option.

Energy Savings & Comfort

Wrapping your home in tyvek or installing that pink foam is a great starting point to improving the energy efficiency of your home. However, the largest impact to improving your energy efficiency comes from insulated vinyl siding. In fact, third party research proves that insulated siding material with a solid foam core can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 14%.

Insulated vinyl siding is the equivalent of wrapping a thermal blanket around your home which helps keep the heat inside during the winter and outside during the summer, adding up to large savings year round.


The part of vinyl siding installation which takes the most skill, is working around the window and door openings. We use special tools to trim the siding to the exact dimensions required by your home. In some cases, windows need to be removed prior to installation of siding.

Consider the difficulty of installation while you are looking for quotes from your local siding contractor, and know that PondView provides the highest level of quality in each installation.


Vinyl siding is time tested and proven to be the most durable siding option with the least amount of maintenance required. Many advancements in technology have improved the durability of vinyl by including a solid foam core in the construction. This insulation barrier adds a contoured foam around the exterior of your home which completely fills the air gaps between your walls and the siding with foam.

This foam core improves impact resistance and energy efficiency. IR reflective packages incorporated into the vinyl siding colors further improve energy efficiency.

Benefits of Non-Insulated Vinyl Siding:

Non-insulated vinyl siding is ideal for homeowners in the following conditions:

  • Have a lower budget for the siding project
  • Aren’t as energy conscious or concerned with long term durability
  • Are planning to install the siding yourself

Insulated Vinyl Siding Works Well If You:

Insulated vinyl siding is ideal for homeowners in the following conditions:

  • Those who plan to stay in a home for multiple years and wish to protect and insulate their home from damage.
  • Are willing to spend more upfront for long term savings.
  • Are aware of the additional installation costs associated with solid core siding.

Window Replacement Guide – Midwest

New windows are second only to new siding that a realtor or new homeowner looks at when assessing the value of your home. New windows will enhance the look of your home, make it more energy efficient, less drafty, and a brilliant investment to improve your home. New windows are easy to clean and maintain and no longer come with the storm windows, so reduced maintenance is a plus as well.

If you’re planning on staying in your home, saving money every month is nothing to scoff at either. New and energy efficient windows can save between $27 to $111 a month on electrical and heating costs. With that in mind, it could take as little as a few years to make your investment profitable. This reduction in energy costs is based on Energy Star certified windows which lower the energy cost on average by 12% per month. Depending on the size of your home, the savings can be huge.

How we choose the best window brand and style

We have been in the industry for over 30 years and have seen technological advancements in window IR reflective coatings, more durable adhesives and sealants, and even advancements in the materials used for the windows such as vinyl and fiberglass composites. Through our industry knowledge we choose the best brands to keep your home safe, secure, dry, and comfortable year round. Through our testing we have analyzed more than 25 window brands and frame material across both double hung and casement type windows. Through our evaluation we only sell window brands and types where the window creates a barrier between your home and the elements. Given the higher cost and the potential return on investment, our customers can feel safe that the windows that they are buying will last and perform as expected.

Ways to Save money on window replacement

The easiest way to save money on a window replacement is by only replacing the window! If your window frame and sills are still in good shape, you won’t always need to pull them out and do a full replacement. Replacing partial units is a great way to reduce the installation cost of windows. Contact us for a pocket replacement estimate for your windows. If you decide you want a different color or material, a full window replacement may be necessary. A full window replacement includes the installation of the window frame, sill, and other window components attached to the outside of the wall.

The US government also offers federal tax credits for the installation of energy efficient windows. Several state and local governments offer additional rebates as well.

Pondview is your local expert window installation company

Selecting the window that performs the way that is most important to you – balancing cost and performance, is only the initial step. Installing the window so it performs as advertised is just as critical. Pondview is trained and is certified by Pella to guarantee that your investment is installed properly.

Glass Housings: Window Materials

The most popular window materials in the United States are vinyl and wood. Wood windows are generally installed by home builders whereas, vinyl windows are the most popular replacement windows. With vinyl you eliminate many aspects of maintenance associated with owning windows.

Wood Frame

Many windows are first installed using a solid wood frame and window. These often come with composite attachments such as plastic or metal. These attachments range from cranks to locks. Wood offers a variety of different finishes and styles.

Vinyl Frame

Vinyl offers an excellent balance between cost and performance. This window does not need to be stained, painted, or maintained like wood windows do. In many cases, a casual viewer doesn’t notice the difference between wood and vinyl finishes.

Fiberglass Frame

Fiberglass frame material is relatively new to the market in the last 4-5 years or so. These have the benefits of vinyl, as well as added strength.