What Are the Most Sustainable Siding Options?

According to recent industry surveys, a whooping 78 percent of consumers are more likely to purchase a product if it is considered to be environmentally friendly over more conventional alternatives. And while consumers are becoming more eco-conscious, largely because of the impact that their spending habits have on the environment (and perhaps even their budget), the fact is that today’s sustainable alternatives are just as good – if not better – than conventional products.

One particular market that’s seeing a significant uptick in sustainable options is home building and home improvement – and commercial siding panels are one specific material that has made strides in this department. Not only do most sustainable siding options offer excellent durability and last longer than conventional styles, but they’re also often easier to care for and maintain to boot. What’s more is that these options can often be produced using less energy and fewer raw materials, thereby minimizing the total carbon footprint.

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the most sustainable siding options on the market today and why you should consider these eco-friendly options for your next commercial siding project.

Sustainable Siding Options

Are you looking to replace the siding on your commercial property with a sustainable alternative? Here’s a look at the siding types that you’ll want to consider for your project:

Engineered Wood Siding

Engineered wood siding is a sustainable siding alternative that’s comparable to wood siding in appearance while offering many of the benefits that wood simply just cannot provide for a property. Also known as composite wood siding or synthetic wood siding, engineered wood siding is available in a wide range of colors – and it doesn’t need to be stained or painted every 2-3 years to maintain its aesthetic. It’s also known for its durability, ability to withstand temperature fluctuations, ease of installation and longevity. What’s more is that unlike real wood, it won’t warp, rot or serve as a welcome nesting place for pests. Many brands manufacture engineered wood siding, and one of the industry leaders is LP SmartSide.

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement siding combines wood fiber, cement and other additives to form a durable, sustainable and long-lasting alternative compared to many traditional siding options. It’s versatile, has a wood-like appearance and its durability is particularly ideal for buildings in areas that are prone to inclement weather. When cared for and maintained properly, it can reasonably last for up to 50 years before replacement is necessary, which is a lifespan that’s much greater than many of the other options on the market. Of the various fiber cement siding brands, JamesHardie is among the industry’s best when it comes to quality of the siding product.

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Vinyl Siding

Though vinyl isn’t as durable as fiber cement or engineered wood siding, it is still considered a sustainable siding material – largely because creating it doesn’t involve a large sum of natural resources and it can be fully recycled at the end of its functional life into new vinyl-based products. Like many other sustainable siding options, vinyl is available in a bevy of colors and patterns and is also known for its ease of maintenance and durability – even if the latter may not be as significant as it is with fiber cement and engineered wood.

Metal Siding

Though metal siding isn’t nearly as popular today as it was decades ago, it is still a sustainable option – yet one that comes with a few important caveats. While metal can be recycled or repurposed, it lacks aesthetics compared to the other options on this list. Additionally, it easily dents and cracks, which can further impact the appearance and curb appeal of a home with steel or aluminum siding.

Contact Pinnacle Commercial Contracting Today

For more information about the sustainable siding options that there are to choose from and the pros and cons of each, contact Pinnacle Commercial Contracting today. As a leading commercial siding contractor, we’ll always take the time to assess your property and help you determine the right type of siding that suits its needs and your preferences. Contact us today for more information.

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