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Vinyl Siding Health Dangers

What is vinyl?

Vinyl is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a plastic resin that is a known carcinogen. However, vinyl has become the most popular siding material in the US. PVC vinyl became popular in the 1960s and grew in popularity when other plastics containing PCBs, CFCs and chlorinated solvents were eventually banned. PVC vinyl is one of the world’s leading sources of dioxin, according to Greenpeace.

The Benefits of Using Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding can be placed over wood clapboard or cedar shingles. Vinyl siding does not need to be painted, but usually needs to be washed at least once a year. It comes in a variety of colors and can mimic wooden architecture and styles.

Alternatives to Vinyl Siding

Okay, so you are concerned about possible health dangers of vinyl siding, but still would prefer to not have to paint your house. There are several options, which vary in cost.

  • Aluminum siding has similar benefits to vinyl siding. You can more often find recycled aluminum siding products. The downside is that aluminum siding can dent and is very hard to work with, in terms of construction.
  • Steel or enameled steel siding: The plus is it can come pre-painted; the minus is the greater expense.
  • Bark shingles: According to Caplan, bark shingles are economical, are a salvage product, and are great for someone who wants a natural look. “After all, nature made them to cover a tree for 100 years,” he said.
  • Cement siding: The look is similar to clapboards and also can come pre-painted.

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8:18AM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

Thanks for the info.

9:21AM PDT on Oct 23, 2010

interesting

8:02PM PDT on Oct 20, 2010

Don't want no vinyl siding.

11:57PM PDT on Sep 8, 2010

thanks for this important information, we must need to know.cheers.

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6:36AM PDT on Aug 24, 2010

Thank for this info; good old fashioned brick seems to be still the best.

2:34PM PDT on Aug 22, 2010

The use of it on homes should be banned.

9:17AM PDT on Aug 21, 2010

This article makes me feel so much better that I have a brick house.

12:51AM PDT on Aug 21, 2010

When will all this unheathful product production stop?! These companies without consciousness are only serving their bank accounts and poisoning the rest of us. When will there be laws against this that are properly enforced and actually put an end to this evil?

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