If you are building or remodeling your home, you may be interested in using only materials that are environmentally friendly. Your primary goal may be to protect natural resources, improve the quality of the air in your home or reduce your energy use. If you want to install wood siding while remaining true to the concepts of green building techniques, the following questions can help you evaluate how green a product truly is.
Keeping Wood Siding Green – Questions
Is the Siding Produced Locally?
The greater the distance that materials or products must travel to reach you, the greater the impact they will have on the environment. Green-minded companies try to establish multiple plants to reduce the carbon footprint required to provide customers with their products. For example, James Hardie Building Products has eight regional manufacturing plants that are strategically located across the country.
Is the Siding Durable?
Your siding is going to be exposed to ultraviolet radiation, hail, rain and heat. If it is not durable, you will have to replace it more frequently, which can offset any eco-friendly properties that it might have. Choose quality products that will perform well over time.
Does the Siding Emit VOCs?
The category of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, includes chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene and perchloroethylene. Although some people are more sensitive to VOCs than others are, VOCs can irritate the eyes, cause headaches and irritate the sinuses. More severe reactions include nausea and vomiting, dizziness, excessive fatigue and breathing difficulties. Choosing siding with low levels of VOCs can help prevent these chemicals from penetrating to the interior of your home.
Is the Siding Attractive?
Going green does not mean that you must settle for siding that is aesthetically unappealing. Companies such as James Hardie produce green products in a wide variety of styles and colors. For example, you can find lap, shingle and vertical siding that is beautiful as well as environmentally friendly.
For More Information on Siding, Contact Alpha Roofing
At Alpha Roofing, we believe that the appearance of your home’s exterior is as important as its interior appearance. We strive to help our customers select the perfect products to enhance the curb appeal of their properties. We are a roofing contractor that have been serving the Central Texas area for more than three decades, and we are dedicated to exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality while maintaining competitive prices. We install siding, metal roofing systems, asphalt shingles, flat roof replacement and attic insulation, and we offer a variety other services as well. You can submit the online form to request a free quote or call our office at (512) 777-1086.
We service the areas of Waco, Burleson, Waxahachie, Frisco, Plano, Wylie, Trophy Club, and Flower Mound, TX!
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