3 Sustainable Siding Options

When it comes to adding new siding to your home or building, it is important to choose a sustainable material. Sustainable materials are not just good for the environment; they are good for your building as well.

#1: Cement Fiber Siding

One option you should consider is cement fiber. It is made to look like wood siding, but it is made to not have the same vulnerabilities as wood. For example, it is designed to be fire-retardant and not prone to water damage. It can't get damaged by termites, and it doesn't require much maintenance.

You don't have to worry about staining or painting it, which makes taking care of this material more sustainable. The paint is baked into the siding, so you don't have to worry about painting it or taking care of it in the way you would with wood while still enjoying the look of it.

#2: Recycled Metal Siding

Second, another option to consider is recycled metal. It is made entirely of recycled materials, which is what makes it more sustainable. Check and ensure that the siding is made from recycled materials, as not all metal siding is.

Metal siding offers many benefits that make it more affordable over the long term as well. It is also fire-resistant, not susceptible to termites, and easy to take care of. The only thing you have to keep an eye on is the potential for the siding to become dented over time. If you live somewhere with a lot of extreme weather and flying debris, this may not be the sustainable material for you.

#3: Wood Siding

Another type of sustainable siding is wood. Not all wood siding is sustainable; you will need to look for some made using materials harvested in a sustainable manner. With the right growing and harvesting process, wood can be a sustainable material.

Wood is a highly resistant material that can withstand all different sorts of weather. It can look better with age. However, it can decay if you don't take proper care of it. Modern wood siding is treated to resist decay and insects; however, you still are going to want to keep an eye on it.

When looking at siding options for your home, you will want to seriously consider sustainable siding options, such as wood, metal, and cement fiber. You are going to want to consider what material will look best on your building and what material works best with your budget. 

Contact a local siding contractor to learn more.