Green Materials are more than Eco-friendly.
But to make a more significant impact, we urge customers to at least explore the idea of green materials as they plan their next home renovation project. If you’re like most homeowners, you might be surprised by how affordable some green building materials really can be.
At Advanced Exteriors we specifically like to recommend three products that qualify as green building materials. What we like most about these products is that they are truly best in class, and we would recommend them for their superior performance even if they weren’t the most environmentally friendly. The fact that they are considered “green” is just the cherry on top.
LP Smartside Siding – This product is made from wood, which is a renewable natural resource. But that is only the beginning. LP relies on strict procurement policies to promote sustainable practices among their wood suppliers. Furthermore, for the LP Smartside product line all of the wood comes from high yield, fast-growing trees, which helps to conserve older forests. And all of LP’s wood is procured under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative certification requirements. What’s more, LP is very active in forestry management, investing in reforestation and monitoring the lands and operations that produce their wood supply in order to maintain wildlife habitat as well as water and soil quality. And LP’s mills and manufacturing facilities use a comprehensive environmental management system to minimize waste and promote water quality. Furthermore, LP utilizes plant waste materials to heat and provide energy for their entire manufacturing operation. And last but certainly not least, because LP Smartside is an engineered product, splits, knots and twists found in traditional lumber are eliminated, meaning there is significantly less waste from any given project using LP Smartside, as compared to natural wood siding.
Royal Vinyl Siding – Royal Building Products is the largest single producer of vinyl in the country, which has enabled them to acquire their own salt mines, which are in turn harvested and manufactured into vinyl at Royal’s plants. And while it may seem counter-intuitive to consider a newly manufactured product “green”, the team at Royal has found that recycled vinyl products have a significantly shorter lifespan as compared to products made from virgin vinyl. As a result, customers who opt for recycled vinyl siding almost always end up replacing their siding twice as frequently as those who go with siding manufactured from virgin vinyl. And though vinyl is technically recyclable, it has been shown time and time again that most contractors do not make the extra effort to actually recycle old vinyl – they just toss it in the dumpster with the rest of the refuse and haul it off to the landfill. And there’s definitely nothing environmentally friendly about producing more trash.
Vista Premium Vinyl Windows – Vista Window Company, much like Royal Building Products, is also committed to using only virgin vinyl in the manufacturing of their windows. They, too have found that recycled vinyl just doesn’t perform as well as virgin vinyl and in the end, most contractors don’t bother to recycle the vinyl components of the windows that are being replaced. As such, any environmental benefit that should be realized by using recycled vinyl is quickly lost, and actually has the opposite effect by creating more – not less – waste.
Homeowners on both sides of the river have come to know and trust Advanced Exteriors, a locally owned company that proudly serves St. Louis, St. Charles and the surrounding municipalities. We offer complimentary, no-obligation estimates and would love the opportunity to work with you.