Vinyl Siding: A Sustainable Choice for Millennials

The verdict is in: Millennials, who make up 25% of the population, favor sustainable brands and building products. If you were born between 1981 and 1996, you’re part of the largest generation group in the United States whose buying behaviors favor sustainable choices. You will be pleased to know vinyl siding is one of the most sustainable siding options on the market. 

Vinyl siding is a budget-friendly and eco-friendly product designed to protect homeowners from extreme weather conditions while making the least possible impact on the environment. What’s more, Remodeling Magazine’s 2021 Cost vs. Value report found that vinyl siding had the second-highest cost recouped percentage of all reviewed siding options. 

Here are 3 reasons why vinyl siding is an excellent choice for environmentally conscience buyers:

1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Vinyl and insulated vinyl siding products have been the most recyclable cladding on the market for more than 20 years. Vinyl has 79% less impact on global warming than fiber cement and 85% less impact than brick and mortar. Toward the end of its lifecycle, it can be recycled, re-melted and turned into new products.

2. Durability

Vinyl siding is ​​engineered with purpose, combining high protection and exquisite design with low maintenance. It is particularly effective against strong winds (110 mph or higher), is resistant to impact damage and has exceptional moisture management―meaning it won’t rot or warp. Most vinyl siding products last 20-40 years, with little-to-no maintenance required. 

3. Less Waste

Vinyl siding is made from natural elements, including gas and salt, using a process that yields little-to-no manufacturing waste. This product has a longer lifecycle than its predecessors and can substantially increase energy efficiency. Vinyl window manufacturers use a similar process while providing homeowners with significant energy savings compared to other types of windows.

Vinyl siding is no doubt a sustainable, durable and beautiful choice. Notably, this is an industry that is serious about its certification process for both products and installers. The Vinyl Siding Institute remains committed to reducing waste, promoting sustainability and improving environmental practices.