Metal and vinyl siding are both attractive alternatives due to their ease of maintenance. Although residential metal siding is more expensive than vinyl, metal is fireproof and resists denting.
Metal siding is a great way to introduce a modern or industrial look into the design of your home. As an accent or as the primary siding of your home, metal siding is sure to turn heads and make a statement.
Metal Siding: Not Just For Roofs Anymore
Although metal sheeting is typically used as a roofing material, some panels are also designed for vertical (wall) applications. Look for a design that has a profile that will resist water infiltration in vertical installations.
One sure sign that metal sheeting is designed for wall applications is if the manufacturer sells wall trim designed for the material. Much like vinyl siding, metal siding requires an extensive array of trim types both to shed water and to cover the exposed edges of cut material.
Also, when consider metal siding designs look for systems that feature concealed or semi-concealed fasteners. These designs will create a cleaner visual look more suitable for residential construction.
But How's It Put Together?
Materials and workmanship are strong indicators of overall quality. Some things to look for when shopping for metal siding:
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Whether you're renovating or building a new home, deciding on which siding material to use is a major decision, not to mention a major expense.