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Eco-friendly Siding Types

More homeowners are making eco-friendliness a priority when building or remodeling their homes, including cladding the exterior. Therefore, recycled siding products are growing in popularity, most notably fiber cement products.

Fiber cement, or “concrete” siding, is not concrete exactly. Made of cement, sand, cellulose, or wood fibers, fiber cement siding is more durable, affordable, and eco-friendly than wood. It also has insulation properties that make the siding and home more energy efficient.

Aluminum or steel siding can also be recycled, and then recycled again if need be. This potential for little or no waste is the main point of attraction for metal siding. On the other hand, metal siding uses a lot of energy in manufacturing and offers little to no insulation value.

Vinyl siding can be made from recycled plastics. Add to this the built-in insulation that is growing in popularity, and you have a recycled, efficient type of siding.

Other composite wood siding products may also contain recycled wood materials. Engineered wood products used recycled content to form compressed and more durable wood siding options.

More homeowners are making eco-friendliness a priority when building or remodeling their homes, including cladding the exterior for tighter energy efficiency. Recycled siding products are especially growing in popularity, most notably fiber cement products. If you’re interested in making your home greener, then siding is a great place to start. Here’s the info.

Costs

The cost of recycled siding will depend on the type and quality of the material used, the price of installation, and the size of the home. Vinyl siding runs from $2 to $7 per square foot, fiber cement is around $4.50 to $11 per square foot, and aluminum is between $2.50 and $3.50 per square foot.

Pros

Fiber cement is more durable, eco-friendly, and affordable than wood and has insulation properties that make the siding and home more energy efficient.

Aluminum or steel siding can be created with little to no waste.

Made from recycled plastics, vinyl is an inexpensive siding option with excellent built-in insulation properties.

Cons

Many homeowners dislike the synthetic look and feel of vinyl siding.

Fiber cement can be time-consuming to install.

Aluminum or steel siding uses a lot of energy in manufacturing, and offers little to no insulation value.

Durability

The durability of eco-friendly siding options depends entirely on the type of material used. Fiber cement, for instance, is warranted to last up to 50 years. Vinyl siding can last equally as long, with some manufacturers offering lifetime warranties that can be transferred to the next homeowner. Metal siding, on the other hand, tends to show more wear and tear, especially if it’s in a corrosive environment.

Maintenance

Each of the recycled siding options is virtually maintenance-free. Most of them simply require a careful inspection once in a while and a quick wash with a power-hose.

Common Questions and Answers

What’s the best affordable eco-friendly siding option?

While fiber cement may be pricier than vinyl and aluminum, it’s extremely long-lasting and requires very little maintenance. In addition, it very rarely needs to be replaced. So in the long run, it’s very cost-effective.

What’s the best siding option for added insulation?

While vinyl used to come separate from its foam backing, it now comes in a single solid sheet, adding greatly to the insulation factor. It’s also considered one of the best options for locking in cool or warm air in the home as needed.



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