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Did You Know That Vinyl Siding Is “Greener” Than Other Exterior Materials?

The environmental benefits of vinyl siding can help save you money on utilities and decrease your property’s carbon footprint.

benefits of vinyl sidingGreen construction is becoming more popular every year, and many homeowners, landlords, and property managers in Arkansas are looking for environmentally-friendly options for renovations and new construction. Arkansas property owners looking for a “green” choice for exteriors may be surprised to learn that vinyl siding is more eco-friendly solution than brick or fiber cement. If you want to make an informed decision about your project’s environmental impact, the benefits of vinyl siding are clear: vinyl siding is one of the “greenest” exteriors you can choose.

What Does It Mean to Go “Green?”

There are many ways to measure a product’s impact on the environment, and they should all be taken into account when calculating a building’s carbon footprint. Choosing natural materials is important, but only if they are harvested in a sustainable way. Cutting down an old-growth forest to manufacture cedar clapboards, for instance, would negate its benefits by destroying an important natural habitat.

Other considerations include fuel consumption, durability, impact on human health, and contamination potential. For example, a heavier material costs more to transport from a factory to a construction site, which requires additional fossil fuels to reach its destination in Arkansas. A great exterior material will also reduce energy consumption and utility bills in the long run by providing better insulation. Choosing a product like vinyl siding that requires fewer chemicals in its construction and maintenance reduces harmful effects on humans, minimizes pollution, and decreases waste.

The Green Benefits of Vinyl Siding

Researchers have studied all of these variables to compare a number of popular exterior finish options, and they have discovered that vinyl siding is one of the top contenders in almost every category:

  • Chemical-free maintenance. Vinyl siding comes in a variety of great colors and does require paint or harsh chemical cleaners and solvents to maintain its appearance. This significantly reduces the amount of chemicals introduced into the surrounding environment during the lifespan of the product.
  • Low carbon footprint. Vinyl siding requires only a modest amount of natural gas in its fabrication, and it’s ultra-light weight means that it takes far less fossil fuel to transport. When you evaluate its contribution to global warming, vinyl siding has less than one quarter of the damaging impact of brick, and less than half the impact of fiber cement siding and stucco.
  • Durability. Vinyl siding is highly resistant to water, insect, and chemical damage, making it a long-lasting choice for exteriors. Its durability means it will not end up in a landfill any time soon.
  • Minimal waste during installation. Builders lose only one to two percent of vinyl siding as scrap because of the way it is installed. Less waste means lower costs.
  • Increased insulation. Choosing insulated vinyl siding reduces heat loss through the studs of your building’s wall, and it’s an approved product for Energy Star-rated construction. Better insulation means lower cooling bills during hot Arkansas summers.

If you are ready to make a decision about your exteriors, contact SC Home for more information about the benefits of vinyl siding. If you are ready to install your siding now, request a free project quote or call 501.588.0842 today.

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