When considering installing new siding for the house, it is important to be aware of the health risks of various types of siding. This is especially true if one has or is planning to have children, who may be especially vulnerable to the chemicals, fibers and molds coming from various types of siding. While Everlast Composite Siding is durable, economical and aesthetically appealing, its safety compared to other types of siding has made it attractive to many homeowners.
Vinyl siding appeals to some homeowners due to being more affordable than wood siding and other types of siding, though in the case of a fire may release cancer-causing gases such as dioxin, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and formaldehyde. In fact, even without a fire heat from the sun may degrade the vinyl and cause chemicals to be released into the surrounding air and breathed in, leading to serious illnesses and even cancer. Vinyl siding may also lead to rot and the growth of mold between the siding and the wall if it is installed improperly. Similarly, due to its physical properties, wood siding is susceptible to rot and mold. The Environmental Protection Agency warns that molds may trigger asthma attacks and allergies.
Asbestos was popular from the early 20th century to the late 1970s as siding for houses. Asbestos is a fibrous material coming from certain minerals, and was used in home construction for its fire-retardant, strengthening and insulating properties. It was eventually banned from home construction due to the risk of contracting lung cancer or other serious respiratory illnesses from breathing in asbestos fibers, which can be microscopic and unobservable with the naked eye. Generally, asbestos siding is not considered a health threat, though if it is broken or cracked it may release fibers that can be dangerous if breathed in. If a homeowner would like to remove asbestos siding, it is strongly recommended to get certified professionals to remove and dispose of it in a safe manner.
By contrast, Everlast Composite Siding is made up of a unique formula of minerals and polymeric resins that are environmentally friendly and 100% recyclable. The product is durable and prevents the rot and mold frequently found in vinyl and wood sidings. It is also resistant to high temperatures and fire with a class-A fire rating unlike many competing products. It can be used to replace other types of siding to ensure safety and bring peace of mind to the homeowner.