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e lansing, MICHIGAN
Definitions of 'green' take into account life cycle costs.
Vinyl is a green enough product because it is durable. Stains and paints are mild poisons that have to be reapplied frequently. (You say 25 years, but my experience is closer to 5.)
The wood fiber and the fly ash in Hardi products are scrap or recycled, so they're green too.
Using wood is green only if the wood is responsibly farmed and shipped, and a lot of it isn't.
My problem with vinyl is that it's ugly, and this article goes a fair way to address the parts that make it ugly. I would have liked to see more pointers on ways to get around using j-mold.
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