Are you installing cladding on a brand new home? Is your house is due for siding replacement? Then you no doubt want a siding material that’s sturdy, resilient, and long-lasting. In terms of durability, steel siding is one of the best materials on the market, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a great option for every home.
When determining the right type of siding for your house, durability isn’t the only factor you’ll need to consider. Your design goals, budget constraints, and for some homeowners, neighborhood restrictions, should all play a role in your final decision.
At Keyprime Roofing, it’s our goal to deliver high-quality, lasting home renovations that add value and visual appeal to your home. To help you determine whether steel siding is the right material for you, we explain the benefits and potential drawbacks of metal siding installation below.
Benefit: Steel Is Fire Resistant
Most types of metal are rated non-combustible and steel siding is no exception. When subjected to industry-standard fire safety testing, steel siding does not ignite or spread flames, which can’t be said of most other siding materials. If you’re concerned about fire safety (what homeowner isn’t?), metal siding is perhaps the best exterior cladding material you can put on your house.
Benefit: Steel Siding Is Rated for High Winds
In the Twin Cities, where winds can reach dangerously high speeds, it’s important to select a siding material that can withstand heavy winds. Steel is one of those materials. Depending on the quality of steel you select, this type of siding can withstand gusts of up to 150 mph.
It’s important to note, though, that steel isn’t the most wind-resistant siding material on the market. If you’re looking for cladding that can withstand even the worst winds, you’ll likely want to opt for fiber cement. It’s always a good idea to consult with an experienced siding contractor regarding your choices before you make a final decision.
Benefit: Steel Siding Is Incredibly Low Maintenance, Durable, and Long Lasting
Of all the types of exterior cladding on the market, steel siding is one of the leaders in terms of durability and lifespan. When properly installed and maintained, steel siding can last 40 years or longer and because it’s so incredibly durable. Even better, because steel is water, insect, and UV resistant, its maintenance requirements are minimal.
Benefit: Steel Is One of the Most Eco-Friendly Siding Materials
Steel siding is fully recyclable and some manufacturers even fashion their products from recycled materials. As such, steel is a great choice for eco-conscious homeowners. Even better, depending on the type of metal siding you select, you may be eligible to claim federal tax credits for installing energy-efficient building materials on your house.
Drawback: Metal Siding May Be Susceptible to Denting
Depending on the quality of steel you select, it may be susceptible to denting. It’ll take quite a bit of force to dent steel, but it’s not impossible, especially during severe storms with high winds. Though steel siding is highly wind resistant and shouldn’t loosen in heavy winds, flying objects can potentially damage it.
Drawback: Metal Has the Potential to Corrode
Most types of steel siding feature protective coatings that are designed to prevent corrosion or at least minimize the risk. That said, when metal, moisture, and oxygen get together, there’s always a potential for rust.
If you’re seriously considering steel siding but are concerned about corrosion, talk to your roofing contractor about your options for minimizing the risk of rust. The highest-quality (and most costly) steel products are specifically designed not to corrode.
Drawback: Steel Siding Is Expensive
If you’re working with a limited budget, steel siding isn’t the best choice for your home. Of all the types of siding you can choose from, steel is one of the most expensive to purchase and install.
However, because steel is one of the most durable and longest-lasting types of siding on the market, it’s lifespan certainly justifies the extra cost. Ultimately, you may stand to save money in the long run since steel outlasts most other types of siding by many years.
Considering Steel Siding Installation? Contact Keyprime Roofing
If you’re in the market for new siding, get in touch with our team at Keyprime Roofing today. We specialize in the installation, repair, and replacement of steel siding, as well as several other types of high-quality exterior cladding. We proudly serve the entire Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and offer free quotes and virtual consultations for your convenience. To learn more or request a free quote, call our Golden Valley, MN office today at 952-426-0132 or contact us online.