Aluminum siding actually has a lot going for it. It is one of the most cost effective siding options available. It looks good, is easy to maintain and comes in a variety types and styles that give homeowners the options to achieve a customized appearance for their home exterior. If you’re thinking about buying aluminum siding, here are some pros and cons to consider before making a final decision.
Aluminum Siding Pros
It requires minimal upkeep and can be easily cleaned with a mild detergent solution.
Aluminum siding retains its color for a long time. It can be repainted when it fades.
Aluminum siding is particularly suited to our Pacific Coast climate because it is moisture-resistant, with the added benefit of not rusting.
It possesses excellent insulating properties, adding to the R-value of your home.
It’s an eco friendly siding material choice because it can be recycled.
It is insect-resistant.
Aluminum siding is available in a number of patterns, textures and colors. For example, it can have the appearance of wood grain.
Aluminum Siding Cons
Lifespan is shorter by 10 to 15 years than other types of siding specifically vinyl siding.
Because it is a soft metal, aluminum dents and is scratched easily. Sections that need replacing might be difficult to color match or install seamlessly into existing aluminum panels.
The gauge (thickness) of aluminum plays an important role. Although it will be more expense, the higher the gauge of aluminum siding, the more resilient it will be.
While it is relatively easy to install, here is a cautionary note for DIYers. In order for it to insulate your home properly and be perfectly watertight, pre-installation prep work must be done properly first or it could eventually lead to structural problems or other dater damage issues.
Some homeowners are bothered by the “pinging” caused by wind or when aluminum expands in hot weather.