Vinyl Building Products: A Sustainable, Earth Friendly Option

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With growing concerns about environmental issues such as climate change, many homeowners are looking for green options for their homes. There are reasons why people love vinyl building products, but a key factor stands out: vinyl is one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly materials available. The basic raw materials for vinyl production are natural gas, salt water and air, which account for less than 0.3 percent of the annual oil and gas consumption and 10 percent of the annual salt consumption.

Take a look at vinyl as a sustainable option for outdoor construction products.

By outperforming other exterior materials, vinyl produces less waste and has a lower impact on the environment. Plastic cladding and replacement windows can enhance a house’s architectural style while helping the planet.

One of the reasons why vinyl is so sustainable is that it can be recycled 100%. Vinyl is a thermoplastic that can be ground and remelted to form a variety of new products and is useful for the life of the product.

Recycling is key to improving the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste management, landfilling and incineration. In the United States and Canada, more than 1 billion pounds of vinyl are recycled annually, with the majority of the vinyl in the recycled products coming from industrial and pre-consumer recycling.

Homeowners can save a significant amount of energy costs by replacing single-pane windows with Energy Star plastic windows. These windows keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer and keep energy costs down.

In the case of plastic replacement windows, frames and sash corners are welded to ensure maximum strength and protection against air and water penetration. With excellent thermal insulation, these frames ensure pleasant room temperatures all year round. If the oven or air conditioning does not work, you can save energy and money.

Vinyl sidings require minimal raw materials and do not produce waste.

It uses less water and energy per square foot than fiber cement, less energy to heat bricks and mortar and less fossil fuels for transportation. Since vinyl can be recycled, it is also sustainable throughout its lifetime. Many have warranties of 40 years or more, and some vinyl pages can last more than 50 years.

The installation and maintenance of vinyl construction products brings environmental benefits and energy savings. Vinyl building products are a matter of course when renovating your home to do your part in improving the planet.

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