Steel Siding: A Lubbock, TX Siding Contractor’s Top Recommendation
Your home’s exterior walls are the shield that protects you from the harshness of the coldest and warmest weather conditions of the year. Given their exposure to the elements though, they are also more prone to wear and tear than most parts of your house. Fortunately, homeowners can ask a siding contractor in Lubbock, TX to clad their exterior walls against the elements both to prolong its life and to boost curb appeal.
Like any home renovation though, installing siding to your home is a major investment and choosing the best material is of utmost importance. One of the most popular options out there is aluminum siding, though it does have disadvantages, as this eHow.com article points out:
“The disadvantages to aluminum siding include denting easily, which makes hail or any other impact a problem. A kid who overthrows a baseball and hits the house with it, for instance, will create a noticeable mark. Damaged sections are not easy to replace because exact color matches are hard to find due to another disadvantage of aluminum siding–color fading. A chalky buildup occurs because of weather and erosion of the factory finish, and this leaves the siding with a dull appearance. Aluminum siding also costs more than some grades of vinyl siding.”
That being said, people should not be turned off by all metal siding options. For one, steel siding is fast becoming a top choice for both homeowners and contractors alike due to its durability. It’s made from a thicker and heavier metal than aluminum making it less prone to damage, especially during a hailstorm—something that Lubbock residents are well-acquainted with. Whereas aluminum siding will likely be dented, torn or completely destroyed after a hailstorm, steel siding can easily survive the beating.
Jones & Associates, a leading Lubbock and Odessa, TX siding contractor, also recommends steel to clients because of its fire resistance; unlike other siding materials, it cannot catch fire and will only melt in extremely high temperatures (2500° F). Since it’s made from inorganic substances, it’s also impervious to pest damage and decay. Even better, steel siding is a low-maintenance alternative—it can easily be cleaned with a hose or power washer, and will not rust like aluminum siding.
(Article Information and Image from About Aluminum Siding, eHow)