Vinyl Sidings: An Eco-friendly Waterproofing Solution
Posted on September 14, 2016
Installing a vinyl siding is a great way to waterproof your home; thanks to exceptional durability and affordability. The material is available in a range of colors, textures, and profiles, and gives you ample options to customize the appeal of your property. As the material is easy-to-maintain, you stand to realize substantial savings in the long run. In addition to these benefits, vinyl sidings are one of the most eco-friendly options available on the market. Want to know why? Read on to learn some must-know facts about the material.
1. Helps in scoring points in US Green Building certification programs
Different organizations such as LEED and ANSI regulate green building programs, and award certifications to buildings that conform to green building codes. These bodies rate buildings on a number of factors, with the primary considerations being energy efficiency and eco-friendliness of their materials and systems. Opting for a vinyl siding can help you score valuable points as using the material has a positive impact on the building’s energy efficiency and eco-friendliness.
2. Produces less manufacturing and installation wastes
The process used to manufacture the material is extremely efficient and uses domestically produced natural gas, thereby eliminating the need for imported oil. Moreover, manufacturers can easily recycle extra/scrap material, which results in almost zero wastage. Additionally, the installation process too generates little wastage - roughly 1.9 percent of the total waste produced in the construction of an average home.
A word of advice: While finalizing a vinyl siding contractor, make sure they’ve completed a reputable program such as the VSI Certified Installer Program, that imparts training to all participants on the ways to minimize wastage during installation.
3. Causes minimal global warming
The manufacturing process for the material requires less water and energy as compared to the methods for producing brick, mortar, and fiber cement. Moreover, the material is lightweight, and therefore, transporting it costs less compared to the transportation costs of most alternatives.
4. Enhances the property’s R-value2>
Using insulated vinyl sidings helps increase your property’s energy efficiency, formally called “R-value”, by 10-16 percent. A higher R-value results in many benefits, including lower heating and cooling costs, and reduction of carbon footprints over the lifetime of the building. The increased energy efficiency of your building, apart from resulting in reduced expenses, also has a positive impact on its sustainability.
The Bottom Line
Though it goes without saying that installing vinyl sidings offers an eco-friendly solution for homeowners to waterproof their property, it is important to hire an experienced contractor with proven competence in the domain. Jancon Exteriors is one such expert. To learn more about our vinyl siding repair and installation services, call us at (508) 520-3935 or fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you, soon.