If you’re in the market for new siding for your home or business, one of the considerations you’re going to take into account is which kind of siding material you will choose. Options include wood, plastic, vinyl, cement and metal (usually steel or aluminum). The biggest factors to take into account are both the first-time and lifetime costs, factoring in maintenance requirements and expected lifespan. Just because one option costs more up front does not necessarily mean it will cost the most over its entire life.
For the purposes of this article, we are going to focus on sustainable metal siding materials in Alaska and their benefits. Here’s a quick overview of some of the biggest advantages associated with the use of metal siding.
It’s extremely durable
Perhaps the biggest benefit of metal siding is its durability. Metal siding is highly resistant to chipping, warping and cracking, which you can’t say about other forms of siding. It is also fire retardant and extremely resistant to pests, both of which are big issues associated with wooden siding.
It is important for you to consider the specific type of metal you will use based on your area’s weather and the specific environment surrounding the building you will be re-siding. While aluminum is highly affordable, it can be prone to dents, so you might want to look for another option if you get a lot of hailstorms or if you have kids throwing balls around your property.
But in general, metal siding will give you an outstanding level of durability, backed by warranties that can run anywhere from 20 to 40 years.
This is a big deal in today’s construction industry. Metal is a sustainable material because, most of the time, metal siding is manufactured using pre- and post-consumer recycled materials. In addition, once your metal has reached the end of its usable life cycle, you can recycle it to be reused for other purposes, resulting in minimal environmental impact and reducing the amount of material sent to sit in landfills for eternity.
Beyond the aforementioned durability of metal siding, it’s also convenient in that it has relatively low maintenance requirements. You should probably wash the siding biannually, but otherwise, so long as you’ve purchased a high-quality product with the appropriate protective coatings on it, you won’t have to worry much about maintenance. If the color does start to fade over the decades, you can always repaint with a high-quality coating meant for your type of metal.
It provides good energy efficiency
If you’ve been spending a lot of money on cooling your home, you can use reflective metal siding to send the UV rays from the sun away from your home, which keeps your interior cooler and decreases the amount of energy you have to expend on cooling. Or, if you live in a cooler climate, you can use darker colors and matte finishes for your siding to absorb the rays of the sun and help you get more efficient and effective warming.
For more information about the benefits of low-maintenance metal siding in Alaska, contact Superior Products Inc. today.
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