For a quality, environmentally friendly siding option, your leading siding contractor recommends vinyl. From its eco-friendly manufacturing process to its impressive durability and long service life, vinyl is a smart and sustainable siding material. It requires less energy to transport and it’s fairly easy to install. Here’s what makes it eco-friendly:
The Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI) states that the manufacturing process for vinyl siding is both efficient and sustainable. Vinyl, also known as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), starts with 57% common salt, from which chlorine is extracted, and 43% natural gas, which creates ethylene.
According to the 2008 Short-Term Energy Outlook of the U.S Energy Information Agency, the gases that are used to manufacture ethylene are domestically produced, reducing the consumption of expensive oil products. VSI reports that the manufacturing of vinyl siding uses less than half of the fuel and energy consumed in manufacturing brick and mortar.
Most vinyl siding products make use of recycled content. Any post-product scrap material can be converted into siding or alternative goods like pipes. This efficient manufacturing process creates virtually zero waste.
Excellent Durability and Energy Efficiency
To achieve a sustainable home, you need to focus on durability and energy efficiency. Unlike other exterior cladding materials, vinyl doesn’t require periodic repainting, staining, or caulking to maintain its appearance. This means less use of finishes and cleaners that can release harmful solvents into the environment. If you live in a colder climate, investing in insulated vinyl siding can also increase your walls’ R-value and boost your home’s overall energy efficiency. The improved insulation reduces your home’s energy consumption as well as your carbon footprint.
Contribution to Green Building Certification Programs
More and more homeowners are taking advantage of green building programs to boost the performance of their home while also helping the environment. Thanks to its excellent durability and low-maintenance nature, vinyl siding can help you get points for many popular green home programs. These certification programs usually require third-party verification that your home has been built to a certain performance level. Vinyl siding contributes points for several certification programs, including the National Green Building Standard and the LEED for New Construction.
By choosing vinyl siding, you can help make your community more sustainable. Make sure you turn to vinyl siding certified installer A1 Siding and Roofing for quality siding installation. Call us today at (603) 627-7339 to learn more about our services. We serve Manchester and the surrounding communities.