If you’re in the market for new siding, you might consider metal siding as an alternative to what is far and away the most common choice, vinyl siding.
There are a variety of benefits that come with using steel for your siding as opposed to other materials, one of which is durability: steel siding can last 50 years or more. This is due in large part to its outstanding durability, protection against fading and fire resistance. It’s becoming an increasingly popular choice for homeowners everywhere, even with vinyl still being a more cost-effective option.
Here’s how the lifespan and durability of steel siding stands up to some lifespans of other common siding materials:
- Vinyl: High-quality vinyl can last 50 to 60 years, but it’s not as durable as some other types of siding, such as steel. It’s more easily dented and damaged than steel, so realistically one can expect the steel siding to outlast vinyl when all conditions are equal.
- Fiber cement: Fiber cement siding will usually have a 30-year warranty, but if you’re fortunate, you may be able to get 50 years out of it. It can be a heavy siding material, and one that can be difficult to repair.
- Aluminum: Aluminum is another low-cost option, and one that was the most popular siding material before vinyl really became prevalent. However, it has a short life—you might start to see fading after just 10 years, and it will usually need to be replaced after 20. We typically do not recommend the use of aluminum siding anymore, as it’s soft and easily damaged upon impact.
As with any type of material, steel siding will last you for a longer period of time if you keep it well maintained. The good news is that those maintenance needs are quite low. Usually all you’ll need to do is wash it occasionally, either with a hose or a power washer. This will help you avoid a buildup of debris that could result in deterioration or discoloration.
If the siding does get scratched or damaged, you should make sure to touch up those scratches as soon as possible. Siding contractors are well versed in methods of repairing damage to metal siding, so you don’t have to worry about trying to do the job yourself.
Outside of those issues, there’s not much you need to do to maintain your steel siding. The typical lifespan of steel siding means it should last you for decades with little work or effort on your part as the homeowner.
Interested in learning more about the siding options that are available to you and why you should consider steel? While it may be more expensive than vinyl in most cases, there are plenty of other benefits that give it an edge, and you’ll be able to get long-lasting, great-looking siding for your home.
For more information, we encourage you to contact the team at Superior Products Inc. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can as you search for your ideal residential steel roofing or siding option.
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