All About Metal Siding: Aluminum Siding & Steel Siding
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
- Durability: aluminum is a strong material.
- No rusting, rotting or blistering.
- Lightweight: makes installing aluminum siding easier than some other siding types.
- Comes in easy-to-install panels in a wide variety of colors to match your home.
- Forty years: aluminum siding can last about forty years with good maintenance.
- 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.
- No termites: Wood siding is at risk for termite infestation.