Comparing Steel Siding and Vinyl Siding: Which is the Better Choice?

When it comes to exterior home improvements, choosing the right siding material is crucial. Steel siding and vinyl siding are two popular options, each with their unique features and benefits. From durability and maintenance to aesthetics and cost, let’s explore the various factors that differentiate these siding materials.

1. Durability and Longevity 

One of the primary considerations for any homeowner is the durability and longevity of their siding. In this regard, steel siding has a clear advantage. Steel is an incredibly strong and robust material, making it highly resistant to impact, weather elements, and pests. It is less likely to crack, dent, or fade over time. On the other hand, while vinyl siding is generally durable, it tends to be more susceptible to damage from extreme temperatures, hail, and impact. When it comes to ultimate durability and resilience, nothing can quite compare to the strength and reliability of steel siding. 

2. Maintenance and Upkeep 

Steel siding from ABC Seamless requires very little maintenance and upkeep with limited lifetime warranties. Yearly power washes are recommended, however, it is built to withstand years of weather-related damage. It also lasts decades over vinyl siding, all while maintaining a blemish-free appearance.

Vinyl siding will try to sell you on being low-maintenance but we have all seen less-than-desirable vinyl siding after not being washed and cleaned one too many years in a row. Warping and buckling are also significant issues with vinyl siding. Poorly installed and poorly maintained vinyl siding makes steel siding the clear winner in the maintenance and upkeep category. 

3. Aesthetics and Customization

The visual appeal and customization options of siding play a vital role in enhancing a home’s curb appeal. Although vinyl siding offers a wide range of color choices, textures, and styles, the quality and short life span of vinyl siding means you are going to need to replace it more often. Steel siding is also available in a wide range of color choices, textures and styles, lasting through generations of timeless style and design aesthetics. 

4. Environmental Considerations 

Sustainability and environmental impact are increasingly important factors to consider when selecting building materials. Although vinyl siding was once considered to be eco-friendly, the manufacturing process of the materials is not. Steel siding, on the other hand, is made from a highly recyclable material. It can be recycled multiple times without losing its strength and integrity. Additionally, steel is fire-resistant and can withstand harsh weather conditions, reducing the need for replacement and waste.

While vinyl siding was the popular siding of choice for a long time, steel siding has by and large outperformed and outlasted it. With minimal maintenance requirements, enhanced durability and long-term value, steel siding is by and large the best option for your home’s exterior. Contact Engstrom’s Siding and Window today for a free ABC Seamless Steel Siding consultation.