There has been a rising movement over the last few decades aimed at making homes in America more environmentally friendly. Appliances and HVAC systems are now designed to consume less energy, solar panels are going up everywhere, and builders are favoring products made from recycled or sustainable materials.
Home improvement projects have the potential of having a significantly negative environmental impact because of the synthetic materials used, wood products that are linked to the clear cutting of our forests, and the waste from the demolition or removal portion that ends up in landfills.
If you’re interested in making your home eco-friendly, replacing your siding with James Hardie siding is a great way to go. Here’s why.
Environmentally Conscious Fabrication
James Hardie siding is a fiber-cement product that is made using natural or sustainable raw materials like sand, cellulose, and cement. It contains no asbestos or other toxic materials. Comparatively, wood siding, while also made from natural materials, also contributes to the depletion of forests.
Meanwhile, aluminum siding, while made from recycled materials, tends to age faster and is rarely recycled when removed from a home. Finally, vinyl siding can’t be recycled and will not biodegrade, so it’s destined to sit in a landfill for centuries.
In the manufacturing process, James Hardie also goes to great lengths to protect the environment. They even recycle water used during the construction up to four times.
James Hardie siding is engineered to be durable and last a very long time. It’s covered by a 30-year warranty, which represents a 10 to 15-year advantage over most other siding options. Furthermore, research indicates that fiber-cement siding can potentially last up to 50 years or more. A longer lifespan means that it doesn’t require replacement as often, which is a benefit to the environment.
With a color finish that is equally long lasting, your siding won’t need to be painted or stained with environmentally harmful paint.
The synthetic materials used in vinyl siding solutions have been shown to give off toxic fumes, or VOCs, that can contribute to environmental illnesses. Exposure to VOCs is known to cause a wide range of symptoms, including headaches, nausea and increased respiratory troubles for those with an existing asthmatic condition. On the other hand, fiber-cement siding like James Hardie siding is biologically inert and therefore doesn’t produce any VOCs.
If you’re interested in making an environmentally sound decision for your Colorado Springs home’s next siding solution, place your trust in the professionals at SidingPro. Contact us now to schedule a FREE siding installation consultation with one of our friendly experts.