A lot of people are trying to live a greener lifestyle these days, and to leave the smallest carbon footprint possible. For example, people recycle newspapers and bottles, drive electric cars, and use LED light bulbs; but when it comes to home repairs and additions, people sometimes overlook obvious ways to go green.
If you’re thinking about installing a fence, and looking to go green, you should choose aluminum fencing instead of wood, vinyl, or other fencing options.
What Makes Aluminum Fencing Green?
Aluminum, as you know, is not a reactive metal. It doesn’t oxidize, it’s long-lasting, and it can stand up to a lot of different weather. Compare that with chemically-treated wood, which can attract pests, or end up leaching its preservatives into the soil. Even other metals and plastic options lack the durability of aluminum when it comes to fences.
What makes aluminum one of the most attractive options for those concerned with being green, though, is that it is completely recyclable. So even if your fence is damaged, or just wears out, that doesn’t mean it goes onto a scrap pile somewhere. Instead, it gets melted down, and recycled into something new. It could be more fencing, it might be soda cans, or it might even be airplane components! Whatever it becomes, that aluminum stays in circulation.
This decreases the amount of overall waste being generated, but it also means there’s less need to mine new aluminum for fresh materials. That is not a statement you can make about a lot of other materials people use to build fences with, and its one reason aluminum has remained so popular.
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