Durable, affordable, low-maintenance – these are the best qualities of vinyl siding. No wonder it has been one of the top siding choices among American homeowners for decades. However, not a lot of people are fully aware of the material’s vital and growing role in reducing the environmental impact of the construction industry.
Many home improvement projects have seen an increased demand for sustainable vinyl siding. In response to this, renowned industrial company CertainTeed® established its “closed-loop” manufacturing program.
Closing the Loop
The life cycle of many products often follows the cradle-to-grave approach: from manufacturing to disposal. Plastic bottles get recycled, but they rarely get turned into the same product. They’re usually downcycled into a lower quality product that will eventually end up in landfills.
CertainTeed’s program aims to close this life cycle loop through the cradle-to-cradle approach. This allows the company to manufacture its CedarBoards™ brand of insulated siding to be manufactured with recycled content, including scraps of torn vinyl siding from construction projects.
A Program Beneficial for All
In this setup, CertainTeed developed a partnership between their distributors and recyclers who leave bins at their warehouses across the U.S. Residential roof replacement and siding installation contractors can collect old vinyl siding and scraps, and bring them to the distributors. The materials are then recycled to the company’s specifications. CertainTeed then buys the new product back from the recyclers.
Truly, the closed-loop program is beneficial for all involved. Contractors not only save on fees, but also get to promote their recycling initiatives. Distributors can sell this “green” program to contractors, allowing them to gain visibility with potential customers. Recyclers regularly earn from the recyclable materials they receive, and CertainTeed gets to market a sustainable vinyl siding product.
Hill Roofing Corporation is more than just a professional roofing contractor. As a certified siding contractor, we offer outstanding products, together with their extensive warranties, from top-notch manufacturers like CertainTeed.
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