All About Aluminum Siding
Just a few of the many aluminum color siding choices
Although aluminum siding, like other aluminum building products (such as aluminum gutters), was a huge success when it first hit the market in the 1940s, it has seen a steady decline over the past several decades. This is mostly due to the growing popularity of vinyl siding. However, aluminum siding remains a desirable choice for many homeowners partly because of new embossing and coating technologies that make it resemble natural wood.
Advantages of Aluminum Siding
- Durability. Aluminum is a strong long-wearing material.
- Fire resistance. Aluminum is a non-flammable material.
- Resistance to rust, rotting and blistering.
- Light weight. Aluminum siding is easier to handle, transport, and install than other siding types such as wood.
- Color selection. Aluminum siding comes factory-finished in a wide variety of colors to enhance your home.
- Long lifespan. Aluminum siding can last about forty years with proper maintenance.
- Easy care. Just needs to be washed every 6-12 months. A power washer is not necessary. (If you choose to use a power washer, take caution not to direct the flow up underneath the planks).
- No termites. Unlike wood siding, aluminum has no risk of termite infestation.
- Eco-friendliness. Aluminum siding may be fully recycled when its long usable life is over.
- Low cost. Aluminum siding is affordable in terms of both materials and professional installation.
Disadvantages of Aluminum Siding
- Denting and scratching. Aluminum siding shows surface damage readily -- another reason to think twice before power washing.
- Fading. Aluminum siding can fade (although usually its original color lasts for about 20 years) and therefore might eventually need to be refinished with a new coat of paint.
- Noise. Temperature changes, high winds, and falling rain or hail all can produce loud "ping" sounds from your aluminum siding.
Updated June 3, 2018.