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Earth-friendly House Siding

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We all want our home exteriors to look attractive and protect us from the elements, so when it’s time for new siding, remember that there are siding options that have less of an impact on the environment than others.  Whether you live in a charming bungalow or a cool modern abode, there is an eco-friendly siding option for your home.

Some factors to consider when looking to purchase new siding include:  lifespan, maintenance and the source & manufacturing of the siding materials.

  • Natural limestone stucco can be applied to virtually any substrate (wood or steel framed buildings, ICFs [insulated concrete forms] and strawbale construction).
  • Reclaimed barnwood or wine-barrel wood can give a new house instant character and rustic appeal when used as an accent on a special part of the house or as whole-house siding.
  • Cement board siding provides the look of traditional sawn wood boards, but is much more durable and long-lasting.  It is resistant to insects (including termites), fire, rotting, warping and salt-spray.  It’s made from a mixture of sand, clay, cement and cellulose fibers.  Look for those that are manufactured in the U.S. and contain a high percentage of recycled content.
  • Brick or stone comes in veneer form nowadays, as opposed to solid brick or stone walls of days gone past.  These timeless materials last a lifetime with little maintenance.  The most eco-friendly options would be salvaged/reclaimed brick or stone, locally quarried stone or locally made brick.
  • EcoClad® (pictured above) is a bio-composite siding made from post-consumer paper products and dense, sustainable bamboo fibers, which offers great durability and water resistance.

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