Metal siding is made in sheets from aluminum, steel, copper, or zinc. Aluminum and steel are the most used metals for siding. They are applied vertically or horizontally. It is available in various patterns and textures including corrugated, clapboard siding, and faux-wood. Although the color options are limited, metal can be painted any color. The different patterns, textures, and colors can mimic more traditional styles or can create a sleek, modern look.
Pros of Metal:
- Weather—including rain, snow, wind, frost, and heat have very little affect on metal.
- Metal will not rot or mold, and it is impervious to bugs.
- Metal is fire-resistant.
- The material is relatively low maintenance.
- Metal reflects sunlight, and it will help keep the home cool in the summer.
- Can be painted.
- Long life expectancy.
- It is eco-friendly because it is recyclable.
- Metal will not crack, chip, or warp.
Cons of Metal:
- Depending on the type and quality of metal used, the siding can rust.
- Metal does not retain heat, so it will cost more to heat the home in winter.
- It will need to be repainted every few years. This is because the paint wears off.
- To prevent rust, scratches need to be quickly repaired and repainted.
- Metal is one of the more expensive types of siding. Steel is more expensive than aluminum, but copper and zinc are much more expensive than steel.
- Aluminum is a softer metal. It can easily be dented by hail or heavy rain.
- Metal siding is difficult to replace. It can also be difficult to match colors because metal siding does not hold color well.
If you are thinking of replacing your siding, contact us for a free estimate.
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