The exterior finish and protection of your home
The cladding components of a wall system provides a water control layer on the exterior of a building, and creates the finished surface on both the exterior and interior. It is the first material you will see on a building, and is a major part of the overall aesthetic and style. In recent years, a major criteria for wall cladding has been the level of maintenance required. Out of this desire for a “maintenance-free” finish has come a wide range of vinyl siding materials. Vinyl siding is a popular and affordable choice, but is incompatible with many basic sustainability goals. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a material that is on every chemical Red List in the building industry and has been designated as harmful to living creatures, including humans, and the environment. Though it is easy to maintain, it has a relatively short lifespan and is difficult or impossible to repair. So when there is any damage to a vinyl siding, it will go to the landfill, where it will take up to 1000 years to decompose! Maybe it’s time to consider another option. Wood siding or clay plaster may require repeated maintenance every 5-10 year, but can last hundreds of years, and be repaired easily.