Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling an existing one, you’ll need to make quite a number of important decisions that will directly affect the curb appeal and degree of comfort inside your property. One of these decisions is the material and design of your siding. Choose the wrong siding and you’ll probably be dealing with replacement costs in the very near future. However, choose the right one and you’ll enjoy the beauty and comfort of your home for many, many years.
What is the right siding for you?
You want siding that is durable and highly capable of withstanding severe weather conditions. There will be a lot of options available to you, each with their own advantages, but one choice stands heads and shoulders above what’s available on the market today: metal siding.
Metal as the Ideal Siding Material
Metal has always been one of the most durable materials available, so it only makes sense to use it to protect your home from the elements. Moreover, it can be molded into almost any shape and design conceivable, allowing it to complement your home’s architectural style perfectly.
Two of the most common types of metal siding today are seamless steel and seamless steel log siding. Seamless steel siding can be installed on any type of home in any location while seamless steel log siding is specially designed to provide the beauty and appeal of a log cabin at a fraction of the cost of real wood.
Advantages of Seamless Steel Siding
CONTINUOUS AND NEAT. Seamless siding makes for a continuous and neat appearance, giving your home attractive exteriors and modern curb appeal.
If you’ve ever installed siding on a home, you’ll know that cladding is typically attached one panel after another, with a row requiring several panels to completely cover its entire length. While panel siding has its advantages, it also comes with a number of disadvantages, such as dirt and debris accumulation in the seams.
With seamless steel siding, most of the disadvantages of panel siding is removed. What can it do for you?
- It prevents the buildup of dirt and debris.
- It prevents accumulation of moisture.
- It is highly durable and can withstand severe weather conditions.
- It is practically maintenance free.
- It will not chip.
- It will not rust.
- It will not warp, peel or blister even when exposed to hot temperatures.
- Its color will not fade.
Additionally, seamless steel siding is fabricated on-site and customized to fit any length of your home. This removes any guess work in measuring siding panels and prevents the use of panels of different lengths, which usually happens with other types of siding.
Advantages of Seamless Steel Log Siding
If you’re the type of person who enjoys country living, you might have dreamt of your own log cabin. Log cabins have a special appeal to them that no other home design can provide, but unfortunately, wood has increasingly become a scarce resource. This makes building log cabins not only costly but detrimental to the environment as well
Fortunately, seamless steel log siding is available, taking on the appearance of real wood without the disadvantages of high cost, maintenance requirements and flammability. In fact, it’s almost the opposite of real wooden logs, allowing you to enjoy benefits such:
- Very affordable cost
- Easy Maintenance routine
- Rot, warp and peeling-resistance even in changing climates or severe weather
- Fire resistance, making it ideal for areas prone to wildfires
Like standard seamless steel siding, seamless steel log siding is also fabricated on-site, cut to fit any length, so you don’t have to worry about excess material going to waste.
GET THE LOOK. With seamless steel log-style siding, you can channel that coveted country vibe without the costs and maintenance requirements associated with wooden logs.
Steel Shakes: The Unique Choice
Shakes have a reputation as more of a roofing material option but they can also function very well as siding, especially when made of metal, or more specifically steel. They take on a traditional style so they are best for properties looking to harness old-world charm to bump up curb appeal. Depending on your siding contractor, steel shakes can come in a range of color options, including those that impart a natural, weathered look to the siding.
MIX AND MATCH: Steel shakes can go well with seamless steel siding, creating different textures to make your property look more dynamic.
Metal Siding and Energy Efficiency
Aside from being durable and beautiful, metal siding is also an energy-efficient choice, making it great for those looking to improve how energy is used in their home, which can be both good for the environment and your pockets. Metal’s energy-efficient features manifest in two ways: first, it bounces back heat from the sun and, second, it quickly releases what it does absorb. This helps prevent excessive heat from being absorbed into your home, disrupting your ideal indoor temperature. Alternatively, it can also keep heat in, preventing regulated air from escaping to help maintain desired conditions inside the home.
This means seamless steel siding, seamless steel log siding and steel shakes can help keep your cooling system from working too hard in the summer, helping prevent the consumption of an enormous amount of energy just to keep you comfortable. During winter, your heating system also doesn’t have to work overtime to keep you toasty because you’re not constantly losing heated air.
This leads your HVAC system to use only the energy it needs to maintain ideal indoor conditions for you, avoiding overuse that can drive up your utility bills. This results in not just in improved comfort but also lower energy costs down the line, no matter the time of the year.
Shannon Lindquist is Asher Lasting Exteriors’ marketing director. With more than 22 years of experience in the industry, 13 of which was spent helping the company grow as a business, she played a key role in spreading the Asher name far and wide. To help keep customers informed, she writes about siding, windows, doors, gutters, gutter protection, retractable awnings and other exterior remodeling products. For updates from Shannon, check out the Asher Lasting Exteriors’ blog!