Although some homeowners may think of aluminum as an old-fashioned option for their home's exterior siding, many builders offer it as an alternative to vinyl, since both materials are durable and easy to maintain.
By Miriam Kasdan
December 31, 1969
Aluminum is fireproof, and it isn't considered harmful to your health or the environment, especially in the event of a fire. As a siding material, aluminum is a bit more expensive than vinyl, but the installation costs for vinyl, steel, and aluminum are about the same.
Aluminum Siding's First Sightings
Aluminum siding first appeared on homes' exteriors in the late 1950s and was primarily used to cover up existing materials, such as fading paint jobs or deteriorating wood. Today, homes with thin or deteriorating wooden clapboard or the dated look of wide clapboard are prime candidates for aluminum siding.
Pros and Cons of Aluminum Siding
Aluminum siding is a great choice for clapboard houses since it can mimic the fancy trim and siding details of clapboard exteriors, and it can also match existing colors. It will look like a brand new paint job, but the paint will never fade. Aluminum also offers greater energy efficiency than vinyl, which means lower heating and cooling bills.
On the other hand, aluminum and steel are more expensive to repair, and may become damaged and dented by a downpour of heavy hail.
Homeowners interested in exploring aluminum siding options should try to get estimates and cost comparisons from at least three different siding companies, and discuss the benefits of aluminum siding versus steel and vinyl. Many who have chosen aluminum live happily with their choice for years to come.
About the Author
Miriam Kasdan has been writing and editing marketing and technical materials for almost 20 years and specializes in home improvement features. Miriam earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.
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