Plastic products are probably not the first thing that comes to mind when talking about eco-friendly materials. You might be surprised to know that vinyl siding has a better Environmental Impact Score (EIS) compared to other types of siding. Siding and roof replacement contractor, Solid State Construction, takes a closer look at how eco-friendly vinyl siding is.
Eco-Friendly Qualities of Vinyl Siding
Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) is a software developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for measuring exterior material life cycles. According to BEES analysis, vinyl siding is eco-friendly because:
- It’s Lightweight — Lightweight materials allow for more volume per shipment, which results in greater fuel efficiency and reduced carbon footprint.
- It’s Easy to Install — Regardless of the different installation methods, vinyl siding is easy to install as it can be extruded to custom lengths during the manufacturing process. This also means there will be less waste material after every installation.
- It Has Molded-In Colors — Thanks to modern manufacturing techniques, you can get vinyl siding in vibrant and long-lasting molded-in colors. This eliminates the need for periodically scraping and painting the siding, which means reduced costs, both financially and environmentally.
Other Advantages of Vinyl Siding
- Low Maintenance — Vinyl siding is known for its low-maintenance features. Just hose it down, and use a soft brush to remove dirt. In addition to the convenience, it eliminates the need for using harsh chemicals and coatings that can harm surrounding vegetation. If you need to remove stubborn dirt on vinyl siding, you can use any eco-friendly cleaning product of your choice.
- Recyclable — Vinyl is also known as polyvinyl chloride or PVC, which has seen wide use for anything from water pipes to collectibles such as records and toys. Compared to other types of plastics, vinyl can be easily recycled. In fact, many of today’s vinyl products have recycled content.
- Resistance to Rot and Corrosion — One of the disadvantages of cedar wood is that it is vulnerable to the effects of moisture, which means more maintenance. This is not the case with vinyl siding. Its resistance to rot and corrosion, combined with its recyclability, results in minimal impact on local waste management.
Solid State Construction is your leading provider of eco-friendly siding options. Give us a call at (508) 709-0041, or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.