Your home’s exterior is its first defense against the elements.

Choosing from the many types of exterior materials available is a challenge for homeowners today. The menu of siding options is always expanding, and so are the factors to be considered: maintenance, color options, cost, sustainability… The list goes on and on.

If you’re looking for high-quality, low-maintenance and stylish solutions, both steel and vinyl siding offer great protection for your home. But there are climates where steel siding is a better solution or, depending on your budget, you might want to consider vinyl. There are a few ways to navigate choosing the best kind of exterior material for your home.

When Cost Is Your Concern

Vinyl siding has been one of the most popular solutions for exterior design for decades. It’s relatively easy to install, but it’s also one of the most budget-friendly types of siding on the market.

Professionals and DIYers still rely on vinyl siding because of how cost-effective it is, but premium quality vinyl siding offers a dependable solution that even goes beyond cost.

Rollex’s new Horizon vinyl siding is recognized for its quality by professionals, and its Advanced Perma-Lock System helps to keep the panels firmly in place long after installation.

Extreme Weather Conditions

Depending on your local climate, you’ll need to consider how well your exterior will perform against the elements.

Vinyl siding is highly durable, but in extreme temperatures, steel siding performs better than other exterior materials. Homeowners that live in regions with freezing temperatures can invest in steel siding to help protect their exterior from weather damage.

Steel siding doesn’t absorb moisture like other siding materials do as it’s non-porous, so the panels won’t freeze or crack. No matter how low the temperatures get, steel siding will stand up to the cold. Steel also protects against moisture and rot and might be a better solution if you’re in a wet climate that’s prone to flooding.

Sustainable Exterior Solutions

Did you know steel is the most recycled material on the planet? It’s 100% recyclable, and this impressive metal can be recycled over and over again without losing any of its strength or durability. If you opt for steel siding, you’re helping to conserve natural resources.

But if you’re set on using vinyl siding, Rollex’s Horizon line is an NGBS Green Approved Product, so homeowners know their home will exceed industry standards for sustainable building.

Finding Low-Maintenance Siding

Vinyl siding is well-known for its easy installation and maintenance. Homeowners will often choose vinyl because it doesn’t need any painting over time and can be cleaned easily with soap and water.

Rollex’s line of steel siding also offers the same low-maintenance and easy installation benefits that homeowners are after. If you know how to install vinyl siding, you’ll be able to work with Rollex’s steel panels, too.

Both Rollex’s steel and vinyl siding also come pre-finished with a high-quality coating, so you won’t need a fresh coat of paint or have to worry about chipping.

Siding Solutions for Any Style

When it comes to your home’s style, there are quality steel and vinyl siding options that will suit any design.

For versatile style solutions that won’t put a dent in your budget, vinyl siding comes in a variety of colors. Rollex’s Horizon panels feature a cedar-embossed look for additional texture, perfect for traditional exterior designs or contemporary style homes.

Steel’s durability and seamless design make it an excellent choice for homes in more extreme climates. Rollex also offers steel siding in a variety of colors to enhance any home’s style.

However you choose to enhance your home’s design, vinyl and steel siding both offer homeowners beautiful, enduring solutions. Need exterior inspiration for your home’s remodel or new build? Take a look at our project gallery here.


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