The siding on your home takes a regular beating from sun, moisture, and wind, so what material works best to protect it? Read on to find out what our home pros had to say about whether wood or aluminum is more up to the task.
Volodymyr Barabakh is the Co-Founder and Project Director of steel construction suppliers and contractors Structural Beam.
Wood Panels Don’t Fade Like Aluminum Panels
Aluminum siding tends to fade in color over time. This can become problematic if you have to replace one of the aluminum panels as it can be hard to match up the colors.
Either you need to live with a wall that has one patch a different color from the rest of it, or you have to repaint your whole wall just because of one damaged panel.
Wooden siding does not fade in this way so there is no need to repaint a whole wall after replacing one panel.
Wood Is Durable and Easy To Maintain
One of the primary advantages wood siding has over aluminum siding is durability. Aluminum siding is easily dented, and once that happens it becomes very unattractive. With a good coating, wood siding will maintain its beauty for years. That leads to the next advantage of wood siding over aluminum.
Wood siding is much easier to paint than aluminum. Aluminum is notorious for being difficult to get paint to adhere to, so extreme care must be taken to achieve a strong bond. Wood, on the other hand, accepts coatings much more readily, giving homeowners a wider variety of finishes and colors for their homes.
Easy Installation and Eco-Friendly
Wood siding is advantageous over aluminum siding in areas with milder climates. It can be installed quickly and most of the time, even without a professional. If the siding ever needs disposal, the wood siding is eco-friendly. In addition, they give a very good aesthetic look and can be painted almost entirely to the desire of the owner.
More Design Options with Wood
Wood siding gives you a little more design control. It can be painted/stained to any kind of finish you want, and you can change it when you want, so it will always be adjustable to your taste. You can even choose the species of wood you like. Though aluminum is considered to be the more durable option, wood can be very durable and long-lasting as well – you just have to take good care of it.
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