What you need to know about aluminum siding
Owning a home is a dream come true for most people, and aluminum siding can give new and existing homeowners an affordable way to make the most of this valuable asset. However, there are a few things you should be aware of before installing aluminum siding on your home.
Benefits of Aluminum Siding
Aluminum siding is available in a variety of textures, colors and grains. Aluminum is an abundant metal, so siding made from this material is not as expensive as wood siding. However, quality aluminum siding can be slightly more expensive than vinyl siding.
Aluminum siding can be purchased unfinished, and then painted by the homeowner after installation. This can be done as many times as you like; there's no need to stick to one color or one paint job. This will reduce costs when redecorating – why install new siding when you can just paint over the old? If you don't like painting, not to worry – aluminum siding can also be purchased pre-colored.
Unlike wood, aluminum siding keeps moisture at bay and prevents mold, mildew and warping. And with aluminum, you don't have to worry about those pesky termites causing extensive damage to your home. Quality aluminum siding is durable, weather-resistant and can reduce your monthly heating or cooling bill.
Another benefit is that it's relatively easy to install, so anyone with basic carpentry knowledge and the right aluminum siding tools (including an aluminum siding brake) can install it with no problem. For many people, however, the security of hiring a professional is more appealing. An aluminum siding contractor will install it properly, ensuring that your new siding will last for decades.
Maintenance and Cleaning
Aluminum siding is prone to scratches, dents and corrosion. Most of these problems can be fixed by sanding down the damaged area and touching it up with a little paint. If damage is severe, the offending panel can be removed and replaced with a new one. The color on aluminum siding tends to fade over time, but you can refresh it by repainting the siding.
Cleaning aluminum siding is a breeze: simply use a mild detergent and spray it down with water once or twice per year. If your siding is plagued with difficult stains, gently scrub them away with soap, water and a soft brush.