Deciding on the siding for your home is an important one. It impacts your home’s overall look and is one of the first things people will notice about your house. Vinyl siding and steel siding are two great options available to you. They both have positives and negatives. Continue reading to find out all the details about steel and vinyl siding.
Pros of Steel and Vinyl
Vinyl siding is incredibly affordable in general when compared to steel siding. Vinyl will always be the least expensive option and is also readily available and easy to find. Vinyl siding is easy to install, and there is a wide range of people that can do vinyl siding installation. It does not require a specially skilled contractor like other types of exterior housing materials. It does not require much maintenance, and it is easy to care for. Vinyl siding has its color baked into it, which means the color runs completely through the siding. It cannot be rubbed, scratched, or stripped off. You will never have to paint vinyl siding, which means you will not have to scrap your siding. It will not peel. The surface is slick, so dust and grime slide off its surface. The only real maintenance it needs is a good spray down with your hose. While vinyl siding is easy to clean on your own with a hose, it is still important to handle it properly. The Squeegee Squad pressure washes your house properly to ensure water does not get trapped behind the siding. They use proper equipment and procedures to ensure your siding is cleaned and restored to its beauty without causing a risk to your home with improper care.
Steel siding is low maintenance providing a contractor installs it correctly. You will not have to give it too much of your attention once it is installed. It does not absorb moisture; therefore, mold will not grow and it doesn’t encourage bugs because they don’t like steel. Steel is thick and robust, and if objects fly at it, they will not be as likely to put holes in the siding. Steel siding has a modern look giving your house an appealing and modern look. It has textures that can mimic the look of wood or corrugated panels. Steel is recyclable, and it is an environmentally friendly option. It can be easily cleaned by pressure washing. Steel siding is more durable than most other kinds of siding but it still can be damaged. It’s important to hire professionals like Squeegee Squad to clean your steel siding properly. They use a non-toxic cleaner that is safe for your steel siding. Our highly trained pressure washing crews will use the best and most protective equipment and cleaning agents to get your siding looking like new again.
Cons of Steel and Vinyl
Vinyl siding must be installed correctly, which means it cannot be nailed too tightly. If it is, it can expand, warp, or crack. If a rock or other object hits the siding, it can pierce the siding and cause holes in it. Behind vinyl siding is the insulation that can trap water in its cavity, especially if it is not caulked the right way. Trapped moisture causes structural damage to your house as it can rot and decay. Vinyl siding may decrease the property of your home when you want to sell it. The color will begin to fade after about ten years or so of being in sunlight. Extreme temperatures may cause the siding to split and break.
Steel siding, while it is durable, will dent if hit with force. It can rust if subjected to large amounts of water over long periods. After years, the steel begins to show its age with scratches and scuffs. Steel siding is also one of the more expensive siding options. It is heavy and takes a substantial amount of time to install. Steel siding is not a great insulator and allows outside noise and extreme temperatures in the house if not used in conjunction with an insulation layer.