Siding is an important part of any house. Choosing the right siding materials that fit your individual needs is very important. Different varieties of siding come with different advantages, disadvantages, costs, and maintenance procedures that you should be aware of, making siding a difficult choice that requires some consideration. The choice can be complicated further when you are also searching for sustainable materials. The following should give you a good starting point to help you choose the sustainable siding material that best fits your needs.
Cement fiber siding is a relatively recent variety of siding that is designed to be environmentally friendly, as well as low maintenance. It was originally designed to gain the positive appearance of wooden siding, without the maintenance problems and fire vulnerability, but it has gained popularity due to its more environmentally friendly features.
Cement fiber siding is made from cement, sand, and small amounts of wood. It is resistant to fire and moisture, two problems that wood siding is vulnerable to. It comes in planks that resemble wood and can be treated in the same way.
Cement fiber siding is very low maintenance and can easily last for many decades. It is not vulnerable to problems such as termites or rotting, unlike wood siding, and as a result it tends to avoid being damaged as time goes by. While it is not the cheapest siding option, it is still less expensive than wood.
A great deal of metal siding, particularly steel and aluminum, is made from recycled metal. Additionally, steel and aluminum siding can be recycled again instead of being thrown away. Because of this, recyclable metal siding is a sustainable choice. However, doing some research to see if your aluminum or steel siding is coming from a recycled source is a good idea, as not all metal siding is recycled.
Steel and aluminum have a variety of advantages in addition to being eco-friendly. They are both very fire resistant, especially in comparison to wood or vinyl. Additionally, they are both very low maintenance siding options. Aside from vulnerability to dents, they can last for a very long time, making either of them a sound economical choice.
Generally speaking, wood is not a sustainable siding material. Most varieties of wood are being harvested faster than they grow back, making wood siding a bad choice for someone looking for a sustainable material, at least for now. However, there are domestic hardwoods that are being harvested more slowly than they grow, making them a sustainable choice. Additionally, there are varieties of rain forest wood that are actually farmed sustainably. By researching the source of your wood siding and learning how it is farmed, it is possible to use wood siding in a way that is still environmentally responsible.