Vinyl Siding Health Concerns

Lead Author: Dr. Jim Bowyer

Publish date: 10.18.2007

 

A Number of Human Health and Environmental Concerns, But At Least It's Maintenance Free, Isn't It?

 

You've seen the ads. “Maintenance-free,” “virtually maintenance-free,” “no hassle,” “durable,” “never needs painting.” These are the words that helped propel vinyl siding to a leading 37 percent share of the U.S. house siding market in 2002. These words have also helped make the case that vinyl siding is a “green” building product and responsible material because it is durable, has a long life span, and doesn't require additional inputs or have the environmental impacts of maintenance. So how accurate is this description of vinyl siding? Is vinyl siding really “maintenance free”?