Vinyl was first developed back in the 1920's, quickly became a key component in many products including wall cladding. Vinyl has since emerged as the world's second most used plastic, but unlike its counterparts vinyl has many environmentally friendly features.
1. Environmentally Sustainable
The main building block for vinyl is Chlorine which is made from salt. This makes up just under 60% of vinyl's chemical structure, meaning it is a sustainable and cost-effective product.
2. Less Energy During Manufacturing
Manufacturing consumes less than half of the energy necessary to produce bricks and mortar. Vinyl Cladding also uses less fuel during transportation since it is much lighter than bricks and mortar.
3. Solid Foam Insulated
Some vinyl cladding products also come with a preinstalled solid foam insulation backing. This CFC-free higher insulation helps cut your heating and cooling energy bill, saving money and the environment.
4. Long Lasting
Adding to its environmental credentials, vinyl cladding is extremely durable meaning it spends more time on your house and less in a landfill. Some brands are confident enough to offer a lifetime guarantee on their product,
5. Low Impact Maintenance
Unlike other products on the market, vinyl cladding never requires painting which not only saves you time and money on labour costs, but the avoids the environmental damage from continuous painting. Further, only mild soap and water is required for periodic cleaning which ensures that it is not responsible for releasing harmful chemicals into the environment.
Recyclability is a key factor in vinyl's sustainability. In America, more than 1 billion pounds of vinyl was recycled in the last year. In addition, much of the wastage from manufacturing can be recycled right back into the manufacturing process.
7. Less Waste during Installation
Compared to other types of exterior cladding and exterior materials, the installation of vinyl siding generates very little waste.
8. Releases Fewer Toxic Chemicals Than Other Exterior Cladding Through Life-Cycle
Vinyl cladding emits significantly lower levels of toxic chemicals, including mercury and silver, into the environment compared to other exterior cladding.
As protecting the environment for a sustainable future continues to become a focus in society, vinyl cladding delivers many recognised benefits which make it a green choice for your home.
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