In the 60s, aluminum siding was the most popular siding material because, in comparison to wood, it was cheap, lightweight and easy to maintain. Then vinyl siding came along, with exactly the same qualities, making aluminum siding the more expensive of the two. However, aluminum siding is making a comeback for several reasons: as a siding material, aluminum adds a sleek and minimalist esthetic to a home’s exterior; manufacturers are providing consumers with more aluminum siding products that include a wide range of colours and finishes; and it weathers better than vinyl siding, not prone to splitting or chipping.
However, as with any type of siding, there are disadvantages as well as advantages. One of the drawbacks of aluminum is that it dents easily. Choosing thicker siding panels can help prevent denting. If you live in an area that experiences wind storms or hail, selecting the thickest aluminum siding available may save you the cost of repair or replacing panels after a damaging storm. The thickness of aluminum siding ranges from 0.019 inches to 0.024 inches.
Today, manufacturers offer a variety of finishes that give the siding a patterned, detailed or wood texture. Over time the surface can become chalky as aluminum siding ages and the properties of the paint break down. This can make the siding appear faded. You can purchase aluminum siding with a vinyl or baked-on enamel coating that will help protect it from wearing. Because aluminum is such a durable material, even without the benefits of a coated finish, aluminum siding can last 20 years plus before the effects of the elements become noticeable.
As a cladding material, aluminum siding is durable, cost effective and versatile. It is also low maintenance and can easily be painted should you want to change, update or improve your home’s curb appeal.