Earlier, we discussed the brief history of steel siding, as well as some current options available on the market. It’s no secret that steel siding can cost quite a bit more than vinyl or wood cladding, or even its other metal counterpart, aluminum. Still, its popularity is growing once more, with some industry experts saying it is an inherently better investment than aluminum. And there are many reasons for that. Here are a few:
- Durability. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), steel siding can withstand the impact of baseballs and tree branches better than other types of siding. Weather elements such as hailstones, wind-blown debris, and heavy rain are also less likely to dent steel than, say, vinyl or wood. As such, steel siding works well in areas that experience extreme weather events.
- Sustainability. Steel products can always be recycled back into production when they reach the end of their life spans. This is why it is said that a typical 2000-square-foot home will need 40 to 50 trees if you want to build with wood, but only six scrap automobiles if you go with steel.
- Decay resistance. Unlike wood, steel siding is not organic. Insects cannot burrow in it, and organic decay is not even a possibility.
- Easy maintenance. Steel siding panels can be painted with non-fading colors, decreasing the need for repainting. Dirt and debris can also be easily washed off the panels. In addition, weathering has no visible unsightly effects on steel, unlike on other cladding materials.
- Fire resistance. InterNACHI says that steel’s melting point is at approximately 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, making it less susceptible to catching and spreading fire. FEMA also says that while a material like vinyl will not readily catch fire either, it will melt under high temperatures.
Even better is the fact that steel siding now comes in custom-cut panels that you can just about literally wrap around your house – creating better water protection and clean lines. Seamless steel siding is measured, cut, and shaped at your actual project site to ensure proper fit.
It seems pretty obvious that steel siding for your home or building cladding is a consideration every smart property owner should make. But before you make a final decision, you also need to be aware of important installation considerations, which we cover in the final installment of this blog series.