Vinyl Siding: The Truth About This Surprisingly Green Building Material


Environmentally friendly construction has become one of the biggest trends in home improvement over the past decade or so. More and more, homeowners want the building materials used in their home improvement projects to be environmentally friendly, also known simply as “green.” Contractors have responded by making green building and home improvement options widely available for consumers.

However, in the rush to separate the green and the not green, some building materials are getting a bad rap. There are a number of materials that might not seem to be very green at first glance, but are actually very environmentally friendly when all the factors at play are taken into consideration. Vinyl siding is one of them. Learn about this surprisingly green building material in our blog.

Vinyl Siding: A Surprisingly Green Building Materials

Vinyl might require fossil fuels to create, but the impact of vinyl manufacturing on the environment is actually much less than what it’s usually perceived to be. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Manufacturing and installation of vinyl siding both produce very little waste. “Average scrap rates from vinyl siding installation are less than 1.9 percent of total construction waste from a typical 2,000-square-foot home with vinyl siding on three sides. By comparison, scrap generated from installing brick on only the facade of a typical 2,000-square-foot-home generates 1,000 pounds, or 12.5 percent, of the total construction waste,” according to the Vinyl Siding Institute.
  • Vinyl’s lightweight makes it easy to transport.
  • Vinyl siding is very long-lasting, meaning it won’t need to be replaced as frequently as other kinds of siding, which helps reduce waste.
  • Vinyl siding has the second lowest environmental impact of any siding product. Only cedar shingles have less.
  • Many green building programs accept vinyl siding as a green building material.
  • “Vinyl siding manufacturers have partnered with recyclers to increase access to recycling facilities for vinyl siding,” according to the VSI.
  • Insulated vinyl siding may improve the energy efficiency of your home.
  • Vinyl siding emits lower levels of toxic chemicals than other many other siding materials. “Brick and mortar are responsible for almost 300 times the human health impact of vinyl siding,” according to the VSI.


Are you interested in learning more about environmentally friendly home improvement and green building practices? Contact Schaefer Siding and Exteriors to learn how we can help. Schaefer Siding and Exteriors has been installing and repairing siding in Maryland since 1977. We’re both VSI certified and a CertainTeed 5-Star rated Contractor. To learn more, contact us today at 410-781-4028 or email us. You can also visit our website for more information.


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