From Dean Dowd on July 02, 2008 in Green Remodeling
Your old siding is starting to show signs of wear and tear, and you don’t want to wait for water and rot to invade your home. You’re considering new siding options but you’re not sure how to marry quality siding material, curb appeal, and sustainability into your plans. Here are some common siding materials that are effective and will green up your home:
Solid wood siding is the traditional, sophisticated choice but, unfortunately, is not very sustainable because much of the product comes from old-growth trees. However, you can still achieve the look of real wood siding, and stay eco-friendly, by using FSC-certified wood products.
With fiber-cement siding you can get the look of real wood plus the benefits of better durability and eco-friendliness. It is not only more durable, but also more affordable than wood. Due to the insulating properties of the siding, made from cement, sand, and cellulose, or wood fibers, it is also more energy efficient.
Recycled aluminum or steel siding is another green possibility. In addition, when it comes time to replace the siding in the future, it too can be recycled. However, metal siding is energy intensive to manufacture and provides zero insulation value.
Look for FSC-certified, urea-formaldehyde-free engineered wood. This product provides durability without harmful off-gassing. Engineered wood siding is cost-effective to install and engineered to resist rot and deterioration. Engineered wood will expand and contract, which is important to remember during installation.
Stucco is a classic siding choice which fell out of favor in the U.S. for a number of years, but is making a comeback due to greener options such as earth and lime plaster varieties.
Get started now on your siding project by connecting with a local, certified contractor.