Steel Siding For Your Home

Those who are partial to homes with a modern look will find steel siding option an attractive choice. Those who do not like vinyl but find other siding alternatives, such as fiber cement, too expensive also see this option as worth considering.  This is due to the distinct advantages it has over other siding types.  However, it has its own disadvantages that make it a bad choice for certain areas or situations.

The Advantages

This type of siding is very durable.  It is in fact tougher than other types of metal sidings such as aluminum.  It may only be about a sixteenth of an inch thick, but because it is metal it is has excellent impact resistance capable of withstanding even hailstones two inches in diameter.  Fire does not burn it nor will it crack or become brittle when exposed to the cold.

Although some manufacturers claim that steel siding is maintenance-free, it does require some maintenance to keep it looking good.  Washing it down with water using a hose during the spring season is all the maintenance it generally needs.  It will not rust easily, especially if it is coated with rust protector prior to installation.  Eventually, this protection wears off.  However, reapplying it is not difficult.

Installing this siding in straight rows is easier to accomplish compared to other nonmetal siding types.  Adding accessories like light fixtures is also easier.  Most of the time, sheet metal screws are enough to attach the desired accessory.  If one becomes bored with the siding factory applied color, it can easily be repainted.

Steel siding may cost double the price of vinyl siding but it is less expensive than other siding types like wood or fiber cement.  Maintenance costs very little also, as its rust protection will last several years.  It is considered a green building material because it can be fully recycled.

The Disadvantages

This siding, like any other siding, has its own set of disadvantages.  It is particularly susceptible to corrosion in areas close to the sea due to salt in the air and the constant dampness.  Metal sidings also do not keep the heat or cold out.  Rather, it conducts them.

Installing this siding is not easy.  Cutting it requires special tools and a noisy process.  Those who plan on doing the cutting themselves will discover that the cutting blades are expensive.  Renting a cutter is what others opt to do instead.  Moreover, the siding needs to be lapped so only one end of the siding should be cut.  If the panels are large and bulky, a professional may be needed.

Although it is a very sturdy siding, it is not impenetrable.  It can be dented if enough force is applied.  Due to the way it is installed, replacing the damaged portion is very difficult.  Often, undamaged panels need to be removed as well in order to remove the damaged one.  However, if the siding is properly cared for and maintained, this should not be a problem.

The Verdict

All things considered, this is a viable alternative to vinyl or aluminum sidings for those who are on a budget.   However, in coastal areas or places where the air is often damp, this siding type is not a good choice.  In order to prevent the need to replace some panels due to damage, proper maintenance is important.

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