Trying to decide which type of siding is right for your home or commercial building? Then you already know you’ve got dozens of choices. But if you’re looking for a highly versatile siding material that offers durability, longevity, and aesthetic appeal, there’s perhaps none better than metal, aluminum specifically.
What exactly sets aluminum apart from the rest of the siding materials on the market? Continue reading to learn all about the benefits of aluminum siding. If you decide aluminum siding is the right choice for you, give Alpine Sheet Metal Systems a call.
Properly installed and maintained aluminum siding should last for approximately 35 years, and in many cases, it’ll last longer than that. Aging aluminum siding may require repainting a couple of times throughout its lifespan to maintain its aesthetic, but the integrity of the material itself should remain unchanged.
Since aluminum resists rot, cracking, pest intrusion, and most types of environmental deterioration, the need for siding repairs or panel replacements will likely be minimal throughout the siding’s life.
Low Maintenance Requirements
After installation, aluminum siding requires very little routine maintenance. It must be thoroughly cleaned annually, and as mentioned, it may require periodic repainting as well. Aside from cleaning and repainting, however, there’s not much else you’ll need to do to keep your cladding looking and performing great. Periodic inspections for minor dents are also recommended, just to ensure any budding problems don’t prompt the development of isolated corrosion spots.
One of the biggest overarching misconceptions about metal siding is that it’s susceptible to rust and corrosion. And while several types of metal are indeed susceptible to rust development, aluminum is not one of them since it does not contain any iron. Aluminum siding can also be painted, which will provide additional protection against rust and corrosion even in precipitation-prone climates.
Aluminum siding has a Class A fire-resistance rating, which means it’s non-combustible and significantly limits fire spread. If your home or building suffers a fire, metal siding will help protect its exterior far better than more combustible siding materials like wood and vinyl. Aluminum also resists deformation when it’s exposed to high heat, so it’s able to withstand prolonged exposure to heat-generating objects like grills without incurring damage.
If you’re looking to boost your home’s or building’s energy efficiency, choosing insulative building materials is one of the simplest and most effective ways to do that. Aluminum happens to be one of those materials, and it does a great job of minimizing indoor-outdoor heat transfer, regardless of the season.
On its own, aluminum siding has an R-value of about 0.61, which is better than several other siding materials, including fiber cement, brick, and stucco. When you add insulation to aluminum siding, that R-value jumps up to 2.0-5.0, depending on the type and quantity of insulation you select.
What exactly is R-value? It’s a measure of a building material’s thermal resistance. The higher the number, the better the material is at blocking heat flow, and the more it will improve your home’s or building’s energy efficiency.
Rot and Pest Resistance
Unlike wood siding, aluminum does not absorb moisture, and therefore, it’s impervious to rot. And, because aluminum siding cannot rot, it does not provide an attractive and easy-to-access food source for pests that can easily eat through other non-metal siding materials.
Aluminum Siding Is Eco-Friendly
Are you trying to reduce your environmental footprint? Opting for aluminum siding can help you do that. Aluminum siding is often manufactured with recycled materials and, because aluminum is 100% recyclable, when you’re ready for siding replacement, your old siding won’t end up in a landfill.
Other types of metal siding are also fully recyclable, but if you’re looking for the most affordable type of eco-friendly metal cladding on the market, aluminum takes the cake.
Because aluminum siding is manufactured either partially or fully from recycled materials, it costs up to 80% less than many other siding materials on the market. What’s more, because aluminum is so lightweight and easy to work with, labor costs for aluminum siding installation also tend to be very affordable.
Contact Alpine Sheet Metal Systems for a Custom Aluminum Siding Fabrication Quote
Are you considering aluminum siding for your residential or commercial property? Get in touch with our team at Alpine Sheet Metal Systems to learn more about your custom metal siding options! For more than 20 years, we’ve proudly provided custom metal fabrication and installation services for customers throughout the DFW area and all of Texas, as well as Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas.