In both remodels and new builds, choosing the right type of siding for your home and environment can affect curb appeal and structural protection. With all kinds of different siding options out there, it can be hard to determine which materials are right for your home. Metal siding is becoming a more and more popular option for siding — for good reason.
Steel siding has come a long way in the past few years. Siding contractors has utilized improvements to technology and manufacturing to develop a beautiful, long-lasting product in an array of colors that can’t be beat. Here is a list of advantages and disadvantages of using metal sidings.
Advantages of Metal Siding
- Low Maintenance — One of the biggest appeals of metal siding is the fact that it’s extremely low maintenance compared to other types of materials. Materials like vinyl siding often require annual powerwashing and sometimes even cleaning products to remove stains and other imperfections. After metal siding is properly installed, homeowners can typically get by with just a quick annual inspection. Metal doesn’t promote mold or fungus growth and doesn’t absorb or retain moisture either, so no need to worry about those issues.
- Repels Insects — Pests love to hide under siding, however, unlike other materials, metal is not insect-friendly. Regularly worrying about and spraying for bugs, carpenter bees, termites, and other pests is a non-issue with metal siding.
- Durability & Strength — Metal is one of the toughest materials available on the market. It’s able to resist damage from almost anything. From the toughest environments and weather conditions to dents from life happening around the house, metal panels will stand up well to the tests of time.
- Improves Energy Efficiency — Installing metal siding on your home can do two things for the interior: improve the comfort level and lower the heating and cooling bills. Metal has highly reflective qualities, meaning it will reflect the sun’s UV rays rather than absorbing them. This means less running your air conditioner in the summer months, which also means saving you more money!
- Stylish & Modern Appearance — It’s no surprise that metal panels can modernize any home. With tons of colors and finishes to choose from, plus the ability to select a panel profile that suits your design taste, metal siding is stylish and here to stay.
- Sustainability Factor — Metal panels in general are one of the most environmentally-friendly materials choices out there. Choosing the utilize metal siding in your build can help you take the next step towards a more eco-friendly world. Bridger Steel’s metal is 100% recyclable and LEED qualified!
Disadvantages of Metal Siding
- Budget Concerns — Metal does come with a higher upfront cost compared to other siding materials. The cause of the higher cost is usually the result of a higher-quality material and installation costs. However, due to its warranties and longevity, most find the upfront investment to be well worth it.
- Possible Tricky Replacement — If you ever need to replace one of the panels, it can be a little tricky. Mainly due to the fact that even if a small section or piece of the panel gets damaged, you have to replace the entire panel in order to fix it. Metal can also be tricky to install and work with if you’ve never done it before. We always recommend going with a professional if you’re not comfortable installing your own metal panels.
- Dents & Other Imperfections — Metal can be more prone to showing imperfections like dents. However, this issue can usually be avoided if a higher gauge, or thickness of the metal, is chosen.