In Part One, we discussed the different factors that play into a siding material’s sustainability. Fortunately, there are a lot of options to choose from if you want to switch to more sustainable siding. Let’s take a look at each one.
Fiber cement is regarded as one of the most sustainable siding materials in the world today. It is made from a mixture of cement, sand and cellulose fiber, materials that are readily available. Fiber cement is also resistant to insects including termites, which continue to plague other siding materials. It does not require a lot of maintenance as it is impervious to many elements including fire and heat. And it mimics the look of real wood, a fact which satisfies aesthetic needs.
Engineered wood siding made from oriented strand boards, hardwood and plywood, which are all harvested organically, also make for great cladding. The Forest Stewardship Council certifies these products, so we recommend checking your product labels carefully. Engineered wood has the same aesthetic appeal as its original version, at a more affordable price. But it does require significant maintenance.
- Bark siding is an alternative to engineered wood siding that scores more points on the sustainability scale. This material is weather-resistant, recyclable and biodegradable, and can last for a long time without sealants. It is more expensive than engineered wood.
Recycled steel or aluminum has a long lifespan, which makes it a very economical choice. Some models also have enhanced energy performance without the conductivity that is common to other types. And recycled metal does not require much by way of maintenance. Its fire rating is high compared with other types of materials.
Considered to be a big improvement over traditional stucco in terms of environmental impact, synthetic stucco has improved insulation capacities to help your home reduce its energy load. It also comes in a wide range of pre-mixed colors so it does not need a lot of repainting. But how do you make sure a siding material is worth your investment? Find out in the closing segment of this blog series.