Choosing a type of siding for your home is a big decision. You’ll need to consider how long you plan to be in your home, your budget and your environment. Steel siding and vinyl siding are both great options, but which is better?
When deciding on a type of siding, it’s important to know the pros and cons of each. Here we lay out everything you need to know about steel siding versus vinyl siding.
Pros & Cons of Steel Siding
Pros of Steel Siding
Steel siding is highly durable. It’s fire-resistant and can withstand extreme weather conditions, such as harsh winds or hail. It can last 40-60 years and often comes with a lifetime warranty.
Steel siding can be recycled, making it an attractive choice for the environmentally-conscious homeowner. With finishes that reflect light and keep your inside temperature stable, you can also save on energy costs.
Taking care of steel siding is practically effortless. It’s very easy to clean, and you only need to wash it once a year.
Cons of Steel Siding
Denting and Scratching
Over time, steel siding can be dented or scratched. It won’t bend or crack, but a strong impact can create dents. This can be prevented by purchasing thicker steel, but that will also be more expensive.
Steel siding is beautiful but can be a challenge to install. You’ll need highly experienced professionals to install it correctly.
Steel siding tends to be more expensive than vinyl siding. Several factors will impact a steel siding’s cost, such as:
- Your house’s location
- The steel thickness
- The surface area of your house
- The paint finish you choose
- Any additional protective coatings
Pros & Cons of Vinyl Siding
Pros of Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding can be a more economical option for homeowners due to its lower cost. The amount you pay will depend on the size of your house, and whether your vinyl siding will be insulated or non-insulated.
Vinyl is a less expensive material to install and will save you time and money. Unlike steel siding, it’s lightweight and has pre-drilled holes, making it quicker to install.
Like steel siding, vinyl siding is relatively low maintenance. Yearly or biannual cleanings will keep it in shape in most environments.
Cons of Vinyl Siding
Unlike steel siding, vinyl siding can catch fire and release harmful chemicals when it burns. Vinyl siding only lasts 20 to 30 years and serious damage may force you to replace it.
Not Environmentally Friendly
Due to its chemical composition, which can include lead or mercury in addition to PVC, it’s difficult to recycle vinyl siding. You may have a challenge finding recycling centers that will take it.
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There’s no better way to choose your home’s siding than by getting advice from the experts. C&T Siding & Windows has been helping homeowners make well-informed decisions for over 40 years. Whether you need a siding replacement or simply want to know your options, we’re here for you.