So now that you know my main reason for converting to using cedar and other environmentally friendly life alterations, you might be wondering what exactly does cedar to contribute.
What Comes From The Earth Goes Back In
What separates Cedar from other roofing & siding materials is that it comes from wood, which is the only material out of the bunch that is 100% biodegradable & renewable. The wood used obviously comes right from the ground and once the material has done what it was made to do it will eventually go right back into the ground and giving nutrients back to the Earth.
When you think about more traditional roofing & siding materials like asphalt, vinyl, or aluminum it might make more sense about what I mean by biodegradable and renewable. When a roof is torn down or replaced, where do you think all of that asphalt and vinyl goes?
Yup, right into a junk yard where it still remain for many years to come. It is very rare that these materials are recycled and even if they are, you can probably only expect to see about 10-20% of it overall actually being re-used. Now think about how many homes are in the country and how many use asphalt shingles for their roof. All of these shingles have to go somewhere when they are done being used and they definitely aren’t going back into the ground.
Looking back when I first began my journey with Cedar-Siding.com and the world of using cedar in general, I remember that main reason I was so intrigued was the fact that it is so much better for the environment than the more standard materials generally used. Now I don’t consider myself a hippie or anything, but I really do believe we are living in a critical time in history in regards to taking care of the Earth as much as we can.
We All Need To Pitch In
Many people out there (you might even be reading this right now) don’t believe in climate change or how much damage we are doing to our oceans and rain forests and I personally think they either don’t care, are delusional, or simply don’t want to believe it. Now I don’t have children myself, but if I did you better believe I would be all that more passionate about helping the environment because we truly are leaving them with a huge mess that they are going to have to clean up once our generation is gone.
Now I don’t think that the world would be saved if everyone chose to drive a hybrid or use cedar as an alternative building material, but if we all made little changes to our lives then the world would be in much better shape. Little things like these are what I am referring to. I don’t want everyone out there to completely change their everyday lives, but these simple changes can go a long way.
Now that I got that out of the way I can actually start talking about cedar next.