Homeowners of traditional wood homes know the hassles of maintaining their homes’ exterior. Wood homes, such as log cabins, can be expensive to keep up. They absorb moisture during cold and rainy months, which can grow mold or fungi. Moisture and mold can eat away at a home’s structure, not to mention be a health hazard to the residents. Wood homes are also subject to shifting over time, which can create gaps in the structure and let insects in. Filling gaps, applying treatments and finishes, and spraying the usual insecticides applied to most homes, can add up. That’s why so many people turn to metal siding.
Unlike wood, metal siding resists weather and does not rot or deteriorate. It also does not attract insects while still insulating a home. Metal siding is durable and strong. It doesn’t shift over time or absorb moisture. Because of this, more and more consumers are recognizing the energy and cost efficiency of siding metal.
Aluminum siding is a practical alternative to traditional wood siding, which can be easily damaged by harsh weather conditions and pests. Aluminum siding is very durable and has come a long way in terms of aesthetics. For homeowners who wish to retain the appearance of natural wood, aluminum siding can even be textured and colored to resemble rustic wood logs.
Aluminum siding comes in a variety of colors and styles. However, sometimes pre-finished painted aluminum siding has been known to fade or even stain materials below it. It also comes in either vertical or horizontal panels, allowing the possibility for homeowners to design a traditional or unique look.
Aluminum siding can range in cost. Usually plastic or vinyl coated aluminum is more pricey. There is generally little to no maintenance required with aluminum siding, which helps make it a popular choice. However, it can be prone to denting. Those consumers who have pre-painted aluminum siding also report chalking and noisiness. Despite its drawbacks, aluminum siding remains one of the most popular siding materials for many new homes.
Steel siding has its advantages over aluminum siding. One obvious advantage is that it’s made from a thicker, much heavier metal than aluminum siding, making steel siding less prone to denting than aluminum because of its strength. It is the most durable siding material on the market. Its durability and weather resistance make it a practical choice for those who live in harsh climates. In fact, it’s so weather resistant that it’s also non-combustible, so it won’t burn if struck by lightning.
Like aluminum siding, steel siding also comes in a variety of colors, textures, and styles. And, as with all metal sidings, it insulates homes with multiple layers. One of the only downfalls of steel siding—or any metal siding for that matter—is its susceptibility to chemical damage. This biggest downfall is the cost.
Corrugated Metal Siding
Corrugated metal siding is distinguished by its wavy shape. It is an industry standard which has limited uses as a siding and roofing product. Corrugated metal siding is commonly used for farm and industrial structures. It can be somewhat pricey as well. Corrugated metal siding comes pre-painted or coated, usually in plasticized meals. Consumers can purchase it in wide or thin sheets. Like other siding metals, corrugated metal siding is weather-proof and durable.
Most metal siding products come with a lifetime warranty. They are considered the most cost efficient and environmentally friendly siding materials in the industry. Be sure to shop around and research all of the options out there. But, whether it is aluminum, steel, or corrugated siding, homeowners can be sure that they are getting a quality product that will last a lifetime.