While copper and zinc are used as metal siding materials, the two main types of metal siding are aluminum and steel. Once limited to commercial, industrial, and agricultural buildings and storage units, metal siding is experiencing a comeback. Yes, siding should be practical, but to be truly functional, a siding material should also be aesthetically pleasing by enhancing the home’s architectural style and increasing its curb appeal. Today, metal is a popular choice for residential siding with homeowners, construction professionals, architects, and designers because it’s durable, lasts a long time, is low-maintenance, and is cost-effective.
Hail and Fire Resistant
Steel siding is strong in its own right, which means it’s not easily dented by heavy rains or hail. When the siding material is made of galvalume coated steel, it is also corrosion resistant, guarding against deterioration and compromise of the siding’s protective capabilities. Because of the nature of metal, both aluminum siding and steel siding are fire resistant – a plus for residential siding.
Longevity and Durability
Metal siding lasts (literally) for a lifetime. It is the most durable siding material available on the market. It’s not subject to rot, pest infestations, or warping.
Metal siding is truly low maintenance. Most types of metal siding are factory painted in a wide range of colors, and it typically is covered by a 20, 25 or 30-year warranty, depending on the manufacturer and the kind of paint selected. It does not need touch-ups or repainting.
Often spraying it with a garden hose is good enough. Periodically, it should be cleaned with a mild detergent to keep pollutants from damaging the finish.
When corrosion first appears, it should be dealt with immediately to prevent more extensive rusting.
Home Maintenance Made Easy
Metal siding is installed by attaching sheets of metal to the structure of the house using galvanized screws. If you need to make repairs to the home’s exterior, sections of siding can be easily removed and reattached once the work has been completed.
Exceptional Energy Efficiency
Popular perception is that metal siding will heat up. But actually, the opposite is true. A combination of light colours and reflective finishes ensure that heat never builds up or enters the home. An air-penetration barrier behind the metal siding panels keeps warm air out in summer and warm air in during the winter.
Sustainable and Eco-Friendly
Metal siding is a sustainable siding material because when it reaches the end of its life cycle, it can be completely recycled. Most metal siding is manufactured from recycled materials, helping to increase recycled content and reduce construction waste.