Among the reasons people love vinyl building products, there’s one important factor that stands out: vinyl is one of the most sustainable, earth friendly materials available. The basic raw materials used to make vinyl are natural gas, saltwater and air, accounting for less than 0.3 percent of all annual oil and gas consumption and about 10 percent of annual salt consumption.
With growing concern about environmental issues and climate change, many homeowners are looking to use the most earth friendly options for their homes. Vinyl siding and vinyl replacement windows enhance the architectural style of a home while helping the planet. Outperforming other exterior materials, vinyl creates less waste and less impact on the environment. Take a look at why vinyl is the most sustainable option for exterior building products.
1. Vinyl and Recycling
One of the reasons vinyl is so sustainable is that it can be 100% recycled. Vinyl is a thermoplastic that can be ground up repeatedly, re-melted and formed into a variety of new products, even after the useful life of the product. Recycling is key to improving the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through diminished waste disposal and landfill accumulation and incineration. More than 1 billion pounds of vinyl is recycled annually in the United States and Canada, and most recycled vinyl comes from industrial or pre-consumer recycling.
2. ENERGY STARⓇ Vinyl Windows
ENERGY STAR vinyl windows keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, while keeping energy costs low. Homeowners can save a considerable amount annually on energy bills by replacing single-pane windows with ENERGY STAR vinyl windows.
Vinyl replacement window frames and sash corners are fusion-welded for maximum strength and protection against air and water infiltration. The excellent thermal protection of the frame provides a comfortable indoor temperature year round. When the furnace and air conditioner don’t have to work so hard, you’re able to conserve energy and save money.
3. Lifespan of Vinyl Siding
While vinyl siding can be recycled, it’s additionally sustainable due to its long lifespan. Many warranties are 40 years or more, and vinyl siding can last for more than 50 years. Vinyl siding requires minimal raw materials and produces virtually no waste. It requires less water and energy per square foot than fiber cement and less than half the energy and fuel of brick and mortar, plus less fossil fuel for transportation.
When installed and maintained properly, vinyl building products deliver environmental benefits and energy savings. It’s a no-brainer to use for your home renovations and do your part to better the planet.