How Green is Steel Log Siding?
Great exterior siding not only complements the overall design of your home, it also makes your home more energy efficient. If you have always dreamed of a green home that reduces your carbon footprint, or if you are replacing your existing siding, you should consider our steel siding that looks like wood, TruLog™ metal log siding. It’s maintenance-free, 100 percent recyclable and can last for decades without needing replacement. To learn more, please call our experienced team at (970) 227-3245.
Environmental Impact of Home Siding
A product may be more or less green based on many factors. It’s nearly impossible to point to one type of siding and identify it as the greenest because the environmental impact of a product varies over its lifetime. Some of the things that influence the greenness of a siding product are:
- Insulation effectiveness and energy efficiency
- Presence of carcinogenic and polluting materials used in manufacture or paint of the siding
- Energy required to manufacture the siding
- Whether the product is renewable or reusable, and how quickly it breaks down in the landfill
- In the case of wood siding, whether the product was responsibly harvested
Home siding can be very green at a certain point in its lifetime, but its environmental friendliness may diminish if it cannot be recycled when the homeowner wants to take it down, or if it doesn’t readily degrade in the landfill.
Be that as it may, if you’re still interested in choosing the greenest home siding, what should you look for? Consider how the following three elements will affect the environmental impact of your home’s exterior:
- Sustainability (how long the siding will last, whether it’s recyclable and whether it’s made with harmful pollutants).
- Maintenance (how often resources will be required to renew your exterior).
- Insulation (how your siding affects the energy efficiency of your home).
Our metal log siding product is made from at least 70 percent recycled material and can be recycled if you ever choose to replace it. It’s maintenance free, and provides insulation with a durable foam backer.
TruLog™ Steel Log Siding for your Green Home
TruLog™ steel log cabin siding is installed with a contoured foam backer. This backer increases the R-value of your home by a factor of R-3 to R-4. R-value is a measurement of insulation. Your home will stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter in part because of the insulation of the foam backer attached to the metal siding. Your home’s efficiency is thus improved because you won’t have to use AC and heating methods as much.
But it doesn’t stop there. The paint we use also reduces energy consumption. The reflective pigments of CoolPaint Technology™ reflect heat from the sun away from your home, and the steel is coated with an ENERGY STAR compliant finish.
Each time you repaint, re-treat, or replace your siding, there is a carbon footprint associated with each of those tasks. The less maintenance you perform, the greener your home siding will be. TruLog™ steel log siding has a durable paint coating that resists peeling, chipping and other problems, and the siding requires no maintenance other than rinsing it with water if it becomes dirty.
Durable and Recyclable
The longer your siding product lasts, the less environmental impact it will have. Durable siding such as our steel siding doesn’t have to be replaced as often as less durable products, so you can avoid the carbon footprint of frequently re-siding your home. You also won’t be placing the old product in the landfill. TruLog™ steel log siding is 100 percent recyclable and is manufactured in the USA from at least 70 percent recycled material.
TruLog™ steel siding can last for decades without needing to be replaced. It resists corrosion, rusting, damage, and wear, so you shouldn’t have to replace it for those reasons. Wood and vinyl log cabin siding more frequently require replacement because of rot and fading, respectively.
For a TruLog™ steel siding estimate for your home project, please call our helpful Loveland, CO team at (970) 227-3245 or contact us online. Based in Colorado, we ship our American-manufactured steel siding across the US.