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The Environmental Benefits of Sustainable Siding and Window Materials

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Sustainable Siding and Window Materials

At TruVista, we know that Milwaukee homeowners want to get the most out of any home improvement project. You want beautiful siding and windows that will make your home look its best. You want siding and windows that will raise your home’s energy efficiency, keep your family comfortable year-round, and bring down your utility costs. You want any upgrades you make to your home to be a wise investment, increasing your home’s value and offering a good ROI. 

Your home should also be a reflection of you – your individual tastes, your lifestyle, and your values. This includes your commitment to protecting the environment and a sustainable future. By choosing siding and windows made from sustainable materials from TruVista, you can lower your carbon footprint while raising your home’s curb appeal, comfort and efficiency, and overall value. Let’s begin by looking at some window and siding options, then explore the environmental benefits of choosing sustainable siding and window materials. 

Houses and other buildings account for nearly 40% of CO2 emissions globally. Upgrading to more green homes made with environmentally sustainable siding and window materials is a key way to cut down on such emissions in the future. Green construction materials are sustainably sourced, recyclable, energy efficient, and durable with a long lifespan. Let’s look at the various materials that siding and windows are most likely to be made from, and which of these are most ecologically friendly. 

Vinyl Siding: An Eco-Friendly Choice

Siding can be made from a host of different materials, including vinyl siding, fiber cement siding, brick siding, natural wood siding, engineered wood siding, stucco siding, steel siding, aluminum siding, other metal siding, stone or faux stone veneer – the list goes on. While each siding material may have its applications, some are more environmentally friendly than others. 

Insulated vinyl siding, like that offered by TruVista, is a superb eco-friendly siding option when it comes to sustainability and reduced environmental impact. For instance, insulated vinyl siding has 40% less environmental impact when compared to fiber cement siding, and 85% less impact than brick, making it the far more sustainable siding option.

At TruVista, our vinyl siding production process requires minimal raw material and creates virtually no waste. Less water and energy is used to produce a square foot of vinyl siding when compared to fiber cement and brick. Vinyl also cuts down on fossil fuel emissions, as it is lightweight and easier to transport. 

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Additionally, vinyl is considered a green building material because it features a more environmentally friendly siding installation process than other types of new siding, as 99% of the scrap generated in the installation process can also be recycled or utilized in other products. Vinyl is one of the few siding options to be certified under the rigorous UL process, partially due to its superior sustainability. 

TruVista’s insulated vinyl siding is also guaranteed to last a lifetime, with no warping, sagging, or fading. Siding that stands the test of time and doesn’t need to be replaced is also siding that’s better for the environment, reducing waste and consumption of new materials.

Environmental Benefits of Sustainable Home Exteriors

Sustainably made siding, windows, and other elements of a home’s exterior, such as the doors, trim, and other features, have several ongoing environmental benefits. These include:

Reduced Waste

If the materials used to produce your home’s exterior features are sustainably sourced from recycled material and the reuse of other products, that means new raw material is not being produced, reducing the consumption of resources. Using recycled material also results in less waste ending up in landfills and contributes significantly less overall to environmental pollution levels.

The use of sustainable materials like vinyl add to the durability and longevity of products. Long-lasting siding and windows eliminate the need for frequent replacements, which means fewer resources consumed and less waste generated.

Sustainable materials like vinyl require less maintenance over time, reducing the need for environmentally impactful maintenance procedures and treatments. Vinyl siding is an especially low maintenance, durable option engineered to last for decades, providing long-term value. Vinyl windows are similarly easy to maintain.

Vinyl and other sustainable siding and window materials are highly recyclable, which reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted upon product incineration.

Sustainable materials require less energy during the manufacturing process and/or for transportation, which reduces transportation-related carbon emissions.

Investing in energy saving features like new windows and siding can have a crucial impact on your home’s energy efficiency. Let’s look at how this works for both windows and siding.

Investing in new replacement windows is one of the best, most cost-effective upgrades you can make to your home in terms of increasing not only its curb appeal and overall value, but its energy efficiency. TruVista’s energy-efficient, double-glazed windows prevent drafts and raise your home’s overall thermal resistance, reducing heating and cooling costs, while our professional Energy Star window installation experts ensure your windows are installed correctly, maximizing efficiency.

Upgrading to TruVista’s foam backed, insulated siding also boosts your home’s energy efficiency by acting as a thermal barrier, reducing heat loss during the winter and heat gain during the summer. In time, that has a major impact on energy savings, utility costs, and your home’s environmental impact.

Contact TruVista Today

If you’re a Milwaukee homeowner looking to maximize your home’s curb appeal, energy efficiency, and value, all while reducing your carbon footprint and environmental impact, contact TruVista today. Let us upgrade your home with beautiful siding and windows made from sustainable materials. The most successful solutions are win/win, and by making the mindful choice to invest in sustainable siding and windows, you’ll experience long lasting benefits for your home, the environment, and your pocketbook. 

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