Cedar Siding vs. Vinyl Siding
By Your Fiderio Expert Feb 18, 2013
Whether you are an architect, a builder or a homeowner, Fiderio & Sons is here to answer all of your questions about home siding. Not sure what type of siding is the right choice for your home? We compare cedar siding and vinyl siding so you know how to make the best decision.
Some homeowners fear that if they use a non-natural type of siding for their home they will be hurting the environment. This is not the case with vinyl siding, which starts with two simple building blocks: chlorine (57%) from common salt and ethylene (43%) from natural gas.
Vinyl is the most energy-efficient major plastic. It is largely derived from salt ‘ an abundant and inexpensive resource. According to the Vinyl Siding Institute, vinyl products actually consume less energy, generate fewer emissions and save more energy than many competitive products. You can relax knowing that vinyl is similar to cedar siding; it does not affect the environment in a negative way.
Just like cedar and other wood products, vinyl products won’t harm the atmosphere. Once chlorine is processed into vinyl, it is chemically locked into the product.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) benchmark report, Characterization of Building-Related Construction and Demolition Debris in the United States, lists the 36 typical constituents in the construction and demolition debris stream. Vinyl siding is not among them.
Vertical siding is great for that classic beach-style home. Vinyl siding that also mimics the appearance of wood panels can really give style and beauty to a home. We love the sea-inspired look that vertical siding gives a beach house.
Wood has the lowest impact on air and water quality and can easily be recycled. Just like wood product manufacturing, virtually all of the material from the vinyl production process is recycled.
Vinyl can be safely incinerated and its energy recaptured and recycled. When vinyl is recycled, landfilled or disposed of in a modern incinerator, chlorine gas is not released into the atmosphere. This means that 99% is made into products and not put into our landfills.
Cedar siding provides a truly beautiful natural look for your home. Vinyl siding, which can cost much less, can replicate that same look. Many vinyl siding companies, like Certainteed and Mastic, offer vinyl siding that mimics the look of cedar. This way you can achieve the richly textured range of colors in cedar siding, without the accompanying high price tag or maintenance requirements.
The durability of vinyl siding, just like cedar siding, will help preserve the look for years to come. Vinyl siding is also inherently resistant to flame spread in case of a fire.
It is obvious that while cedar siding is a beautiful siding choice, vinyl siding offers the same great options at a lower cost. Vinyl has proven itself to be a strong, durable and safe material option for home siding renovations.