The siding on your house performs a critical role: it protects the structural components of your home from environmental factors that can cause immediate damage and long-term deterioration. That’s why choosing the right type of siding is so important for the long-term protection of your home.

If you’re currently considering installing metal siding on your house, you’ve made a great choice. But to determine which type of metal siding you want, you’ll need to know a few things about metal cladding first.

To help you make the right decision for your structural protection needs and exterior design goals, the experts at Keyprime Roofing share what you need to know about metal siding below.

The Different Types of Metal Siding

When it comes to choosing the right type of metal siding for your home, first and foremost, you need to understand which types of metal perform best and which you should avoid. If you’re on the hunt for high-performance, long-lasting siding, here’s what you need to know about the five most popular types of metal cladding:

●        Steel siding. Steel is arguably the most durable, long-lasting type of metal siding on the market. You can choose from corrugated panels, galvanized steel panels, snap-batten siding, box rib, flat panels, and much more. 

●        Aluminum siding. Of all the types of metal used for siding, aluminum is the least durable and has the shortest lifespan. It’s quite versatile, but if you’re installing metal siding in the hopes it’ll provide rock-solid protection for your home, you may want to avoid aluminum. It’s not a bad choice per se, but steel is definitely a better option. 

●        Copper siding. Copper siding is more durable and long lasting than aluminum, but like aluminum, it’s lightweight, which makes it less durable than steel. Copper is quite resilient though, so if you’re looking to create a unique aesthetic, you can feel confident opting for copper siding.

What You Need to Know About Metal Siding Performance

Of all the different types of siding on the market, metal siding is one of the most durable. Depending on the quality of metal you choose (steel is likely your best option), it can provide optimal protection for your home for the lifespan of the building. Here’s what you need to know about the long-term performance of each of the different types of metal siding:

●        Steel siding. Homeowners and commercial building owners alike love steel siding because it boasts an impressive array of lasting qualities. What kind of qualities? Steel siding is fire resistant, water resistant, corrosion resistant, UV resistant, insect resistant, and rated for high winds. On average, steel siding will protect your home for at least 40 years, but on many buildings (with proper installation and maintenance, of course) it’ll last for the life of the structure. 

●        Aluminum siding. Aluminum siding was super popular from the 1940s through the 1970s, it fell out of favor when more modern types of siding were introduced. That doesn’t make it a bad choice for your home though! If you choose to go with aluminum siding, you’ll enjoy its many beneficial qualities, which include water resistance, fire resistance, corrosion resistance, UV resistance, and insect resistance. On average, aluminum siding will protect your home for approximately 40 years. With proper maintenance, it can last even longer.  

●        Copper siding. Copper isn’t the most popular type of metal siding on the market, but it certainly is unique. Fun fact: The Statue of Liberty is Fashioned from copper! Should you choose to go with copper cladding, it offers a number of benefits, including lasting durability, water resistance, insect resistance, fire resistance, and corrosion resistance.

While copper cladding is treated to retard age-related color changes, be aware that it may turn slightly green overtime. However, this process requires many years, so chances are it won’t happen during your time in the house. On average, copper siding can last 100 years or more and provide ample protection for the structural components of your home.  

When it comes to maintenance, all three types of metal siding require little attention. But since aluminum is the most lightweight of the three, it’s also the least durable. As such, it’ll require more frequent inspections as it’s more susceptible to dents and dings, which can encourage corrosion development.

If you need advice on selecting the best type of metal siding for your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team at Keyprime Roofing. We’re happy to share our extensive siding knowledge to help you determine which siding materials are best suited to your needs and aesthetic goals!

Schedule Twin Cities Siding Installation With Keyprime Roofing

Whether you’re replacing your existing siding or installing siding on a home under construction, you can trust our team at Keyprime Roofing to do the job right. We proudly serve the entire Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and strive to provide our clients with unmatched workmanship and customer service. To request a free project quote or learn more about your siding options, feel free to give us a call today at 952-426-0132 or connect with us online. You can also learn more about scheduling a virtual consultation here.