Vinyl Siding: An Environmentally Friendly Choice?


Published Date: July 15th, 2022 | Category: Siding

When talking about siding options, all of the information you have to take in can get overwhelming, especially if you want to listen for specific qualities such as how environmentally friendly the siding is. Are you on the market for new siding or have questions about siding installation in the Twin Cities area? Contact the experts at JTR Roofing!

If you are worried about your carbon footprint, then you may know that PVC, what vinyl siding is made of, isn’t good for the environment. However, once vinyl siding is manufactured, it is actually one of the friendliest products to the environment. This is due to a few different factors:

1. Not Wasteful

Something that is almost unheard of, vinyl siding produces next to no waste during their lifespan – from production to construction. They also require minimal raw materials to create, as well as less water and energy to produce.

Other building materials such as brick create much more waste and use a lot more water throughout their production to construction lifespan. Vinyl allows environmentally conscious homeowners to choose an option that looks great, without having to worry about the waste that went into its creation.

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2. Recyclable

Vinyl siding can be recycled with post-consumer recycling, closed-loop recycling and post-industrial recycling, meaning that each part of its creation and production can be recycled to be reused with ease. In fact, it is estimated that 99% of all manufactured siding is recycled rather than sent to a landfill.

While some would argue that wood is the better option here as it is biodegradable, vinyl lasts longer than wood and provides many other benefits that wood cannot, while still being environmentally friendly.

3. Low Impact

Over the lifespan of vinyl siding, it gives off fewer toxic chemicals into the environment than most other siding options. For example, fiber cement contributes 4 times as much to global warming potential than vinyl siding!

Vinyl siding outperforms most other siding options in this category and can even competitively compare to brick and some wood sidings as well.

4. Long Life

Finally, another large part of why vinyl is environmentally friendly is its long life. The longevity of vinyl keeps it from ending up in any waste for decades, even though once it’s removed it will most likely be recycled.

In fact, many warranties for vinyl siding can even last up to 40 years or more! Even with minimal maintenance, vinyl siding provides a long term and green option for your home.

Whether you are ready for vinyl siding installation in the Twin Cities area or still want to discuss your options, we are happy to help! Call JTR Roofing today at 651-777-7394 or contact us!