Proof That Siding Is a Green Alternative

April 14, 2014

Many homes in the Portland-Vancouver area already have siding, but this affordable, durable building material continues to gain favor in the area. One of the biggest reasons for this is sustainability: Over the years, it has become clear that siding is a “greener” alternative to other building materials like painted concrete, stone and brick. Learn more about the potential benefits of various types of siding on your wallet—and on the environment.

James Hardie Siding After Photo

The beautiful end result of one of our James Hardie siding projects.

What Should You Look for in Your Siding?

Although your personal preferences will ultimately trump any advice that experts can give, it’s important to evaluate your home’s siding along a few key lines:

  • Aesthetic appeal: Attractive siding will attract the attention of neighbors and could boost your home’s resale value.
  • Durability: Siding that lasts longer is more environmentally friendly and carries lower long-term ownership costs.
  • Efficiency ratings: More energy-efficient types of siding can reduce your home’s power bill and let you focus on other financial obligations.

Let’s see how each type of siding stacks up.

Types of Siding

Wood siding is often made from cedar or other attractive, durable types of wood. As a fairly good insulator, wood can reduce your home’s heating and cooling costs. Since it’s a renewable resource, its manufacture also has less of an impact on the environment.

Fiber cement siding mimics the appearance of wood without the drawbacks that plague all organic siding options. Specifically, fiber cement siding is far more resistant to structural pests and may last years longer than alternative materials.

Meanwhile, vinyl siding is extremely affordable and can last for four or five decades. Even better, modern technology allows for virtually every piece of a vinyl siding assembly to be recycled. This reduces waste and saves space in local landfills.

Common Alternatives

Common alternatives to these “green” siding options include painted concrete, brick and stone. Each material is solid and attractive. Unfortunately, all are susceptible to water damage and other issues that can compromise their durability. Worse, they’re effective conductors of heat and cold. Accordingly, they transfer heat into the interior of your home during the summer and may cause your home to lose heat during the winter. This can add to your energy bills and reduce the amount of money that you can spend on maintenance or other home improvement projects.

Siding in Portland, OR: Greening Your Home Without Hurting Your Wallet

If you’re convinced that siding is a great way to “green up” your home without causing a serious hit to your finances, it’s time to take the next step and determine which type of siding is best for your property. Fortunately, the roofing and siding experts at Interstate Roofing know the area like their own backyards. Whether you need some free advice about Vancouver, WA siding or wish to take advantage of our no-obligation consultation, you can find us online or at 503-684-5611.