After your roof, your home’s siding is the most important contributor to curb appeal and structural protection. Some things to consider when selecting siding for your home are the ease (or difficulty) of maintenance, how well it insulates your house and what style and color options are available. See more details on how to improve your home’s overall quality.
Categories of siding material include brick, stone, stucco, wood, engineered wood, fiber cement, vinyl, aluminum and steel. Unless your selection criteria are limited by association rules, you have a lot of siding options to choose from! In this article, we’ll investigate the pros and cons of steel siding.
- Low Maintenance
Steel Siding requires very little in terms of maintenance compared to other cladding choices. Just wash it off a couple of times a year. No painting, caulking, or other fixes required!
Steel siding requires very little attention once it is properly installed. It holds up especially well in northern climates where we have severe winters. Snow, sleet, frost, rain and wind have very little effect on metal. Metal also does not absorb moisture or promote the growth of mold or fungus, both of which can destroy a home’s framing and can make people sick. Insects don’t like steel siding, either, eliminating problems of infestation and damage from birds looking for a food source.
- Damage Resistant
Steel siding, by virtue of the material’s thickness and strength, resists damage from most hail, flying debris and other impacts. Steel Siding is made from high quality galvanized steel for a durable, high-performance product. It is designed to be tough enough to withstand severe elements like hail, wind and snow, with a strength that will last a lifetime.
- Fire Resistant
Metal-clad buildings are almost impervious to fire. If you live in a high fire risk area or an area prone to frequent lightning storms, you should definitely consider metal siding (and roofing). In addition to greater peace of mind, you might get a discount on your homeowner insurance with steel siding.
- Curb Appeal
Metal siding design has come a long way in recent years. Manufacturers now offer patterns and textures that realistically mimic wood (if that’s the look you’re going for). Standing seam siding and corrugated panels offer a clean, modern look. Pre-painted metal in a wide range of colors can deliver twenty years or more of carefree living.
For homeowners who want to go green, steel is a great choice because it is recyclable. Of course, it’s not all unicorns and rainbows. Steel siding has some possible disadvantages. Steel siding is made from approximately 50% recyclable material. In addition, it is 100% recyclable at the end of its life cycle, making it a sustainable cladding option that can help building owners meet the criteria for green building codes
- Not Bulletproof
Although it is resistant to impact, even the most heavy-duty siding will dent if it’s struck hard enough. Like your car, it can be scratched by sharp objects.
Steel generally holds its color well. Steel siding does not turn chalky over time like aluminum can or fade and peel like painted wood siding can. However, after exposure to the elements, damaged steel siding may rust. In our part of the country we don’t have to worry about salt spray, but if you live in an area with frequent fogs or other dampness, keep this in mind.
Steel siding is more expensive than many other types of siding. Because it’s heavier than other types of siding, it can cost more and take longer to install. However, these up-front costs can be balanced by the longer life expectancy of steel siding over most other types of siding.
Metal does not insulate as well as other types of siding and therefore can let more outside temperature and noises in; these issues can be fixed by adding insulating material under the siding.