Home remodeling projects look great, but they sometimes come at an environmental cost. Many renovations lead to trash and other byproducts that ultimately harm the earth. In some cases, there’s nothing that can be done about this, but in others, there are certain steps you can take to make sure your project is as “green” as possible.
Siding your house is one area where you have some control over how much damage you actually do to the environment. Fiber cement siding is a great option for those homeowners who are looking to make as little negative impact as they can. As you read the rest of this guide, you’ll learn more about why this particular type of siding is better for the earth than other options.
It Lasts a Long Time
The longer you can go without replacing your siding, the better off the environment will be. Most traditional vinyl siding companies offer 10-15 year warranties and have products that can be expected to last between 10-20 years, depending on climate and other external factors. If, for instance, you live in the coastal Carolinas, your siding might take more of a beating than someone who resides inland.
One of the great things about Hardieplank fiber cement siding is that it comes with a 30-year warranty and, in many cases, actually lasts longer than that. You won’t have to worry about replacing your siding for decades, protecting the environment as a result.
It Is Crafted From Recycled Materials
One of the major perks of fiber cement siding is that it is manufactured from many recycled and natural materials, including wood pulp, water and cement. This means there is very little waste. Furthermore, it does not have the same drawbacks as other siding options made from recycled goods; aluminum, for instance, is not durable, even though its environmental impact is minimal.
It Does Not Emit VOCs
Off-gassing is an issue that occurs when volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are given off by synthetic materials, such as vinyl siding boards. VOCs have been shown to lead to a variety of respiratory problems and other health conditions. Fiber cement siding, because it is not crafted from man-made materials, doesn’t emit VOCs and, therefore, doesn’t negatively impact people’s wellness.
It Beats Wood
You may have already decided against vinyl siding because of its synthetic makeup, but what about wood? Wood siding is undoubtedly beautiful, but it tends to rot relatively quickly and requires quite a bit of maintenance; both of these issues can lead to negative environmental impact. Fiber cement siding boards have the look of wood without the upkeep and deforestation.
If you are interested in having Hardieplank fiber cement siding installed on your home, contact the Hatch Homes team today. We are siding installation experts and have satisfied clients throughout the Carolinas. We’re excited to talk to you about your upcoming exterior renovation and look forward to helping you learn more about the benefits that fiber cement siding can offer.