Metal siding and vinyl siding: the pros and cons

When it comes to weatherproofing your home’s exterior, metal and vinyl siding are among the best options available. You can’t go wrong with either one, albeit each has its own unique advantages.

It’s worth noting, however, that they both offer a major advantage over traditional wood siding. Most notably, they’re a great deal more durable. Wood siding needs to be regularly touched up, repaired and replaced, as it’s prone to chip, crack, warp and rot. Metal and vinyl siding, on the other hand, generally require minimal maintenance and have a very long lifespan, lasting on average 30 and 50 years, respectively.


Plus, unlike wood siding, metal and vinyl siding protects your home against fire and prevents infestations from pests such as ants and termites.

It’s worth noting, too, that steel siding has got an edge on aluminum siding, as it is superior in strength and durability. And it might surprise you to learn that rusting isn’t generally a problem with metal siding, provided it’s been well installed, using quality materials.

Metal siding vs. vinyl siding
As already mentioned, both metal and vinyl siding are real options for weatherproofing your home. Nonetheless, there are some key differences to take into account.

Appearance. Vinyl siding has more selection in terms of texture and it’s often made to mimic wood (grain and all). Steel siding will invariably have a more synthetic appearance. However, steel siding is easier to repaint. Vinyl siding, on the other hand, comes in a vast range of colours but generally doesn’t hold paint very well.

Durability. Both materials are highly durable. However, vinyl is susceptible to becoming brittle and cracking in extremely cold weather, while metal is impervious to extreme cold. On the other hand, metal siding is more prone to getting scratches and dents.

Price. While both tend to be a good investment, vinyl siding usually costs less than metal siding.

Metal and vinyl siding in Edmonton
Once you’ve decided which type of siding is best for your home, all that remains is to choose an experienced company to install it. All-Side Contracting Ltd., established in 1978, is one of the oldest and largest siding companies in Edmonton. Our dependable and knowledgeable team does top-notch work every time. Contact us today for a free quote.

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