To fully understand what the best green options are for a home, you must first understand what elements create green siding options. In simpler terms, this will classify the home as eco-friendly.
Material: If the material is biodegradable or toxic? Does the material come from nature or is it man-made materials? These will let you know whether you have a green option.
Labor: Natural stone is beautiful but demands a great deal of labor. The heavier the material, the more labor it will take to install it.
Energy Efficiency: The R-value is extremely important because it represents how well thermal heat is preserved. The use of a material with a high R-value will be an energy saver for cooling and heating purposes. The more you add, the more you save.
Locally Sourced: You should depend on locally grown products, such as cedar clapboard (the number one choice for green-siding).
Recycled or Salvaged materials should be considered a green-option because of the waste produced after the job is completed. Estimates state 10 to 15% of siding materials are wasted. The question remains: can you save Mother Earth and recycle the excess?
Manufacturing: Eco-friendly options depend on what process was used to create the dream siding. For example, how eco-friendly is clay brick when it will take several days at 2,000F to bake the material?
Wood is a good choice because it is recyclable, sustainable, and renewable, and comes from nature. Some of those include cedar (as previously mentioned), Redwood, pine, and Douglas fir. Salvaged wood is a good choice because it is not taking away from the green forests. For example, many people like to use old barns as a source for building with a rustic appearance.
Fiber-cement siding is a growing favorite for the homeowners needing to stay on a budget. The tight-fitting materials used make the product durable and is heavier than vinyl.
Aluminum siding was introduced in the 1940s, but vinyl took over the market as a cheaper choice. Unfortunately, aluminum dents easily but remains a green choice because it is recyclable after its siding job is no longer useful.
Beware of the Demons
Wood is a bad choice if your home is located in a fire-prone area.
Don't ignore the layers underneath any materials added to the home. Mold and rotten wood can be the result if they are not properly installed.
Do not ignore lead because it was a common paint additive until the late 1970s. This is a toxic metal that may be released if you power-wash, sand, or cut the wood during remodeling the home.
The green options have been explained; now, it is up to you to make the choice of siding you will use in your project. Hopefully, you will make the best possible choice for your home and family. For more information, contact a company like Countertops & Laminated Specialties Inc.Share