Seamless Steel Siding
Seamless Steel Siding for Your Home
Combining beauty and low maintenance
Seamless steel is relatively new to the world of siding compared with wood, fiber cement aluminum and vinyl. Unlike wood, aluminum and fiber cement, steel siding never needs to be sanded or repainted. Its beautiful appearance can be retained for many years after installation with no more maintenance than a periodic rinse with a garden hose. Corrosion (rust caused by prolonged exposure to moisture) and oxidation (white chalky film that can be removed by power-washing) are the main problems you might have with upkeep, but if you take care of them right away, you probably won't have to replace anything. Most manufacturers of steel siding provide excellent warranties and expect their siding to last 20+ years. In fact, it's longevity may be the single biggest benefit steel siding offers.
Seamless steel siding is custom-fit to your home, eliminating unsightly seams or splits in the surface of your siding. Besides the obvious aesthetic benefits, no seam means less opportunity for exposure to the elements. Other kinds of siding may come only in precut sections. Some, like fiber cement, are very difficult to manage at lengths of more than 12 feet. With steel siding, however, installation companies have a machine that can actually manufacture every piece on-site and at a perfect fit, with the precise color and style you choose. Starting with a roll of steel, each siding piece is cut to the exact measurements of your home.
High on durability, steel is the strongest siding material available, able to resist extreme temperatures, salt spray, wind, hail, and fire, so it is an especially good option for those who live with a lot of snow during the year or in salty, sandy climates. A new PVC (polyvinyl chloride) coating protects against damaging UV rays that can cause fading, prevents scratches, and keeps dirt and debris from adhering to the surface. Unlike aluminum siding, steel is less likely to dent during a hail storm or when the neighbor's kid plays ball with the side of your house.
With seamless steel siding, you can still have the look of wood without attracting ants and termites, and it seals well to prevent dirt and moisture from penetrating to the surface underneath. The purpose of siding is to protect your home from insects, moisture, and biological elements like dust and mold. When these things get beneath your siding, the result can be serious damage to your home, or allergies associated with mold, dust, and pollen. Steel siding, as with other types of metal, increases the efficiency of heating and cooling, meaning cost benefits for you for years to come. Steel isn't prone to warping, sagging, or splitting like other materials.
One downside of steel is that it can rust if exposed (such as from scratches), though most companies guarantee that their siding won't crack peel, chip, or rust. Make sure you know what kinds of damage your contract or warranty from the manufacturer covers because although steel is stronger than aluminum, it is not impossible to dent with a rock, baseball, or hail stone. Replacing an entire sheet of steel siding is a lot more expensive than one piece of vinyl. A concern raised by owners of homes with steel siding is that high winds may enlarge the fastening holes and eventually let in moisture, so if you get tons of wind and rain in your area, you might not want to use seamless steel. As with any type of home material, steel siding has its limitations. It is also necessary to use a seamless steel contractor; it cannot be a do-it-yourself operation. It's a good idea to get recommendations from previous customers before you choose a company. You could even ask to see a home they've worked on in the past.
Metal siding is more expensive than other materials (about twice as expensive as vinyl), but the long-term cost benefits in terms of energy efficiency, long-life, and low maintenance may actually make up for the initial investment.
Seamless Steel Siding:
Longevity: Potentially the life of the building
Maintenance: Hose washing and check for scratches which may rust.
Cost: Higher than average
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