Over the past decade, there has been a huge push in the construction and the home improvement industry to develop eco-friendly materials and methods for constructing homes and commercial properties. The only drawback is, the attitudinal change and the technological advancement towards eco-friendly homes have focused only on new constructions. With a little research and good service providers, several of these technologies and materials can also be incorporated into already existing homes and properties.
One of the recent developments that has resulted in a quantum shift towards eco-friendly construction is the SIPs. SIP – Structural Insulated Panels are entire walls assembled in a factory warehouse. This results in fewer pollutants and building a home or completing a siding of your home can be done in half the time with very little efforts.
There are several new methods available which can quickly (and in an eco-friendly way) complete siding or house painting. For instance, if you just want to redo the siding of your homes, there are several materials and methodology available. If you talk to your construction company you will get all the necessary information. Most companies recommend vinyl siding for homes (they also offer limited lifetime warranty), however, you can specifically ask for certified vinyl panels that meet low emission levels of VOCs. VOC – volatile organic compounds can spoil the air quality and you can prevent that by going for a low emission certified vinyl panels.
Applying modern techniques and using advanced materials for efficient siding can save you thousands of dollars and also protect our environment. You can protect the environment by two ways one is to use an eco-friendly material and the other is by using materials that assist in the reduction of energy used on a day to day basis. If you are a wood lover, then you can opt for Oak or Cedar, however, it is important to buy these woods produced from certified forests (these are rapidly renewable sources of wood, so we need not worry about deforestation). Another advantage of using Oak, cedar or even bamboo is the added insulation that they provide when used for siding. This can cut down on the recurring expenses on HVAC systems.
Some of the eco-friendly materials that we recommend for using in siding and insulation are eco-safe salvaged products, bagasse boards, cement paints, Ferro cement, fly ash bricks and so on. The scalar sum of net energy required to produce and transport these siding materials is far less compared to conventional products. Irrespective of what material you choose to go with, as a homeowner, you should always add insulation to the siding installation. You can recover the additional cost easily through the savings it contributes to your energy bill.