How to Identify Quality Metal Siding

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:

  • Gauge. The thickness of metal siding is called the gauge. A lower number indicates thicker material. Expect to pay more for thicker gauges. While 29 and 26 gauges are typical, metal siding can found up to a 22 gauge thickness.
  • Metal. Metal siding is typically available in galvanized steel and aluminum. Although steel is better able to resist dents, aluminum is better at resisting the corrosive nature of salt air, thus making it more practical for seaside applications.
  • Coating. Look for metal siding that features a long term coating warranty-20 to 30 years minimum. Today's metal siding coatings are much less prone to fading or chalky build-up, but a good warranty is still the best indicator of quality.
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