When most homeowners choose vinyl siding to don the exterior of their homes, they are focused on the material's most popular benefits. These include its beauty, low maintenance and ability to increase your home's value. Did you also know that vinyl siding is an cladding material that is earth friendly?
Vinyl Siding's Reputation
Vinyl siding has a reputation for being a material that is not earth friendly. One reason for this is the presence of dioxin. The industry has been called out for its dioxin emissions even though it contributes a minimal amount to the environment -- between 8 and 10 grams on an annual basis. In addition, the industry is constantly working to cut those levels even further.
There is also no need for heavy metals, such as mercury, lead and cadmium, in order to make vinyl. Phthalates -- which are the plasticizers that are found in vinyl products -- have been thoroughly tested by the United States government, as well as the Canadian government and those in Europe, and have not been found to harm the environment. Vinyl siding is designed of rigid PVC that does not even contain phthalates.
Comparing Vinyl Siding to Other Materials
When compared to other building products, vinyl came in second only to unpainted wood when it comes to its impact on the environment. The National Institute of Standards and Technology developed the Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) life cycle model. During their testing, the agency noted these findings.
Tips for Fire Safety
Vinyl siding is not seen as a safe cladding material in the event of a fire. In fact, the opposite is true. Because vinyl siding is comprised primarily of polyvinyl chloride, its chlorine base gives it protection from fire. Even when it is exposed to another flame, vinyl siding does not ignite until it reaches temperatures of about 730 degrees Fahrenheit. The siding itself must reach a temperature of about 850 degree Fahrenheit in order to ignite on its own. These temperatures represent figures that are much high than the materials that are commonly used to frame homes. Even if vinyl siding does catch on fire, it is easier to put out than other materials.
Interested in exploring vinyl siding as an earth friendly option for your home? Contact C & T Siding today to learn more!