Time for New Siding? 3 Low-Maintenance Materials to Consider
Whether you’re dealing with irreparable siding damage after a storm or your existing siding is past its prime, you’ve got plenty of materials options when it comes to new siding installation. At Eastern Roofing & Siding, we know selecting the best type of siding for your design goals, functionality needs, and budget can be a challenge. Below, we’ve outlined a few of the most popular materials on the market that offer great ROI while making maintenance a breeze.
Perhaps the lowest-maintenance of all siding materials, steel delivers unmatched strength, which makes it one of the most durable siding options available. Steel also boasts an impressive lifespan, with most product warranties lasting 20-40 years.
Keep in mind, though, that warranties don’t always indicate a definitive lifespan; with proper care, steel siding can outlast its warranty by several years. The following features are what make steel so low maintenance and long lasting:
● Moisture resistance. Because steel naturally repels moisture, it resists corrosion, rot, swelling, and warping.
● Impact resistance. Steel siding resists dents and dings from falling objects like hail, as well as impacts from rogue balls, blowing tree branches, and other potentially damaging objects.
● Wind resistance. Depending on the quality of the siding installation and the type of steel selected, steel siding is rated to withstand winds of up to 160 mph.
When it comes to design considerations, steel siding is available in a wide variety of colors, coatings, and architectural designs. As such, it’s an excellent complement to virtually any exterior aesthetic. In terms of added home value, on average, steel siding boasts an impressive 80% ROI.
Aluminum siding, much like steel, boasts an impressive lifespan of approximately 40 years. However, it may require periodic repainting at 5- to 10-year intervals to maintain its aesthetic. In terms of durability, aluminum is more susceptible to dents than steel, but it’s also a more affordable material, which makes it an attractive choice for many homeowners.
Heavier-gauge aluminum siding also offers excellent insulation, which outshines it’s comparably priced, ultra-popular rival, vinyl siding. Because aluminum readily accepts a wide range of paints and coatings, it can enhance a variety of architectural designs. On average, aluminum siding installation delivers an impressive ROI of about 77%.
Vinyl is perhaps the most popular low-maintenance siding material on the market — and for good reason. Not only is it the most affordable siding option out there, but it’s also rot, insect, and water resistant, meaning it requires minimal maintenance to maintain its functionality and visual appeal. And, because the material does not require painting, staining, or caulking, it’s more environmentally friendly than many other types of siding.
On average, vinyl siding has a lifespan of between 20-40 years, much the same as steel and aluminum. However, this material has one glaring drawback: vinyl siding cannot be repaired. If a panel suffers damage, you must have a siding contractor replace the entire piece. In terms of added value, vinyl siding has an average ROI of 75%.
Eastern Roofing & Siding: Your Twin Cities Source for Quality Siding Installation and Repair
Whether you’re replacing your existing siding or need siding installation on a new home, our team at Eastern Roofing & Siding is here to serve you. We pride ourselves on offering the highest quality materials, workmanship, and customer service in the industry, so when you need a team you can trust to get the job done right, make us your first call!
To learn more about our services or request a free estimate, feel free to give our team a call at 651-238-1313 or send us a message on our contact page, and we’ll be in touch promptly.