The Green Choice

Vinyl Siding is Verifiably Eco-Friendly

Today's vinyl siding — the most popular choice for exterior cladding in the U.S. and Canada — is a green choice with many recognized environmental benefits.


Ingredients from Nature

Vinyl won’t harm the environment because it’s made of natural ingredients including 57% chlorine from common salt and 43% ethylene from natural gas.

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Green for Life

Vinyl siding delivers reliable performance that can last a lifetime on the house, not in the landfill. Throughout its life cycle — manufacturing, transportation, installation, service life, and waste management — vinyl siding scores well on tough environmental measures. Using recognized life cycle assessment tools and fact-based data, vinyl siding beats fiber cement and brick hands down and rivals cedar siding in overall green performance.
Plus, the National Association of Home Builders has cited "Lifetime" as the estimated life expectancy of vinyl siding on a home in its Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components (February 2007).


Insulated vinyl siding is accepted as home insulation in various energy efficiency programs — including the checklist of building products or methodologies that can help meet the requirements to qualify under ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes (V.3).

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Greater Efficiency Means Minimal Waste

Vinyl siding manufacturing is an extremely efficient process. Production requires minimal raw material and any scrap produced may be returned immediately into the manufacturing process, resulting in virtually no waste. Its lightweight also contributes to increased fuel efficiency during transport.

Plus, when you use a VSI Certified Installer, you can ensure minimal installation scrap. VSI Certified Installers are trained in waste reduction techniques, including proper material estimating and installation to reduce waste generation.

Did You Know

Vinyl siding is one of the only non-absorptive cladding options. Absorptive claddings, including fiber cement, brick, and wood can hold moisture, create stops that can accumulate moisture, and create the potential for penetration. This may lead to rot, mold and/or poor indoor air quality.

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FAST FACT: 99% of all manufactured vinyl is made into products — not sent to landfills.

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