All About Metal Siding: Aluminum Siding & Steel Siding

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Jan 01, 2011 | Networx Team
Aluminum siding colors

Just a few of the many aluminum color siding choices

Metal siding includes aluminum and steel siding. 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 the popularity of vinyl, which is used in gutters and siding. Aluminum siding remains a choice for many homeowners partly because the success of the embossing and coating technologies that make it look like natural wood. Keep in mind that just because there has been a decline does not mean that aluminum siding can’t be a good option for your home.

Steel siding has the same benefits as aluminum siding. The only difference is when it comes to installation: steel siding is much more difficult to handle and cut.

Advantages and Benefits

  1. Durability: aluminum is a strong material.
  2. No rusting, rotting or blistering.
  3. Lightweight: makes installing aluminum siding easier than some other siding types.
  4. Comes in easy-to-install panels in a wide variety of colors to match your home.
  5. Forty years: aluminum siding can last about forty years with good maintenance.
  6. Simple maintenance: Needs to be washed at least once a year. A power washer is not necessary. If you choose to use a power washer, take caution not to damage the siding.
  7. No termites: Wood siding is at risk for termite infestation.

Disadvantages

  1. Can dent and scratch easily: another reason to think twice before power washing.
  2. Fading: Aluminum siding can fade and therefore may need to be refinished with a new coat of paint. Read here about how to paint aluminum siding.
  3. Can corrode without proper care.
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