Your choice for your home's siding has a significant impact on your house. Sadly, many homeowners only look for siding looking for basic aesthetics or the less expensive option. Vinyl has long been a siding favorite and can be found on many homes throughout the country. 

Steel is slightly less popular for residential use, but is quickly growing in popularity. As more color choices are offered for steel siding, homeowners are learning the many advantages of metal siding.

Here are a few reasons why steel siding might be the better choice for your home.

Steel Siding is More Durable and Long-Lasting than Vinyl

High-quality vinyl certainly isn't a fragile material, but it isn't the toughest either. Vinyl is usually damaged by temperature changes and physical elements, such as a ball or rock hitting the structure. Vinyl often doesn't last long in extreme weather conditions, as vinyl will expand (heat) and contract (cold weather) enough that it will begin the warping and blistering process.

Although steel siding isn't impervious to damage, it is far more difficult to damage than other siding materials. Steel isn't affected by temperature swings, and won't crack if a rock is launched from a lawn mower. 

When steel is accidentally damaged or dented, there isn't as much of a rush to have the problem fixed. If vinyl is damaged, it must be immediately fixed before moisture damage occurs.

Due to its overall durability, steel is going to outlast vinyl. Vinyl that is frequently cleaned and hasn't suffered damage could last 20+ years, whereas steel should last 40+ years.

Vinyl May Be Less Expensive, but Steel Offers Greater Value

Vinyl will almost always be cheaper than steel. It is a more common product and can be inexpensive to make. Homeowners on a tight budget need to spare expense whenever possible, and usually opt for vinyl. While this can work in a pinch, many homeowners don't consider the long-term value of the siding material.  

Overall, steel is a more valuable siding. While it might be more expensive upfront, the numerous advantages of fewer maintenance needs, lower chance of repairs from damage, and longer life span mean it will cost less in the long run. In the end, homeowners should compare the ROI (return on investment) of materials rather than simply going with whatever is less expensive at the moment, because over time they may end up spending much more.

Steel Siding is Eco-Friendly and Recyclable

The desire to reduce the carbon footprint is becoming prevalent in the world of home design. Many homeowners are more conscious of the materials used in, on, and around their home. Choosing materials that are eco-friendly can be tricky but thanks to steel the choice isn't difficult.

Unlike vinyl, which relies on plastics and oils, steel is 100% recyclable and safe for the environment. The manufacturing process of vinyl is less environmentally friendly due to the PVC manufacturing process, as well as the use of phthalates as an additive. 

Once vinyl reaches the end of its use as siding, it is left to degrade in landfills, since burning is unsafe. Additionally, recycling centers can be very hard to find. Not only does vinyl take a significantly long time to degrade, but it also releases toxins into the ground. 

Steel siding is a far more responsible product and can be recycled after use, meaning you won't contribute to the landfill pollution.

Steel is Naturally Fire Resistant and Won't Off-Gas

One of the scariest things a homeowner may have to deal with, particularly in rural regions, is the threat of a fire. Whether it's a wildfire roaring through the hillsides or an accidental fire in an urban setting, ensuring your home is protected is vital. Steel siding offers incredible fire resistance, and won't melt when exposed to high heat, which is a common issue with vinyl siding.

Another concern about fires is the danger of smoke inhalation. Many do not realize that smoke inhalation is more fatal than the fire itself. The problem with vinyl is that, as it begins to melt from the heat, it will off-gas dangerous chemicals that can lead to faster smoke inhalation. While steel won't stop smoke, it won't have the same chemicals that will exacerbate damage to the body.

The chances of exposure to vinyl off-gassing is more likely than you think. There are plenty of stories of BBQ grills placed too close to the house and even a reflection from a neighboring home's windows causing warping. 

While vinyl does have its purpose as a home siding option, and will certainly continue to be a good choice for many, steel is simply the better option. Despite steel siding's initial cost, the combination of longevity, durability, and low maintenance is hard to beat. If you're planning on re-siding your home, you should definitely consider steel as your top choice.

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