The Covington, Ga., City Council tabled the topic of banning vinyl siding until next year "to allow more research on the issue" during its meeting on Monday, Wade Marbaugh reports for the Newton Citizen. The City Council initially discussed the ban on vinyl siding during its meeting on Sept. 26.

Scott Gaither, senior planner for the city of Covington’s Planning and Zoning Department, argued in favor of the proposed ordinance to ban vinyl siding for both safety and aesthetic reasons. Marbaugh reports:

Regarding public safety, vinyl ignites at a lower temperature than other siding materials and produces toxic fumes when burning, Gaither said. “Vinyl siding is made from the same material as other oil-based products,” he said, indicating that fumes from a vinyl fire are carcinogenic.

Not all agreed with the safety concerns Gaither said, Marbaugh notes:

City Fire Marshal Tony Smith appeared to negate the public safety concern in his remarks to the council. “Vinyl doesn’t ignite unless directly exposed to flame. Generally it will melt first. There is no more or less danger in vinyl,” Smith said.

Marbaugh writes that Gaither wants the council to consider "aesthetics that determine values of homes and neighborhoods" while it considers the ban on vinyl siding. According to Marbaugh, the council was not necessarily convinced that vinyl siding devalues homes:

“We would need documentation to show that homes with vinyl siding are lower in value than homes with wood,” noted City Manager Leigh Anne Knight.

Follow the link below to read more comments from the council about the proposed ban.

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