Vinyl is one of the most versatile and economical construction materials on the market. It is used for a wide range of products, from replacement windows to water pipes. However, the wonder material is often overlooked due to the misconceptions that surround it. One of the misgivings about vinyl is that it isn’t an environmentally friendly material.
This article from Kroll Construction aims to champion vinyl as an eco-friendly siding option by discussing the Environmental Impact Score criteria that vinyl has exceeded, compared to other exterior products.
Ozone Depletion, Smog and Global Warming Categories
In a study conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), vinyl siding scored lower than cedar board, fiber cement and brick and mortar siding in terms of ozone depletion, smog and global warming impact categories.
The acidity of building materials affects air quality and can expedite the detrimental effects of climate change. Vinyl, when used as siding or other home exterior products such as replacement windows, has low acidification impact.
The runoff from the production of vinyl siding also affects the amount of nutrients in any nearby body of water. Note that excessive amounts of nutrients can disrupt the balance of plant and animal life. The good news is vinyl has a low eutrophication impact score.
The substances used to manufacture vinyl siding are not known to cause cancer but are still being studied further to determine any other health or environmental impacts.
Vinyl Siding as the Green Choice
When used as siding or windows, vinyl offers durability, affordability and excellent insulation. Add these to the material’s impressive Environmental Impact Scores (EIS) and you’ve got yourself a truly eco-friendly option.
Ready to go green? Kroll Construction offers products that are both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly. Call us today at (844) 688-9632 or fill out this online form to discuss your home improvement project. We serve Detroit, Michigan and the surrounding areas.