Your home's siding is an important protective layer around the exterior of your property that works to keep pests, weather conditions, and moisture out of the interior of your home, while also making up the majority of your property's exterior appearance. Therefore, the material qualities of your siding are extremely important. Understanding the characteristics associated to two of the most common types of siding material, vinyl and aluminum, can help you choose the one that is best suited for your home's needs when you are in need of siding services.
Aluminum siding is one of the more popular siding options on the market, largely because it provides the durability of metal, but does not come with the risk of rust and corrosion. This helps extend the lifespan of your siding while also reducing the amount of preventative maintenance that you have to complete to keep your siding in good condition.
However, aluminum siding is slightly pricier than other materials on the market, which can make it less than ideal for homeowners who are trying to stay within a tight budget. Furthermore, aluminum siding can be quite loud if it is hit with debris, which can be a real problem if you experience constant rain storms, hail, and debris from high winds. In addition, it should be noted that while aluminum siding is very durable and won't easily break or crack, it can be dented fairly easily, which can leave your siding looking old and worn.
Vinyl siding, on the other hand, is a little easier to fit into tighter budgets, as there are lower priced vinyl options available. Vinyl also requires next to no maintenance to stay in good working condition, since it is immune to rust, warping, pest damage, and water damage. Vinyl siding is also extremely lightweight, which means that the installation time is greatly reduced, meaning that your home is not under construction for very long.
However, vinyl siding can become brittle with age and may crack or break if exposed to physical pressure, which can happen due to hail, a storm, or some other environmental factor. Additionally, vinyl siding can suffer from bleaching due to direct sunlight exposure over a long period of time, which can give your home a faded and worn look over time. Furthermore, while vinyl can be quite affordable as a siding material, cheaper vinyl tends to be thinner and thus is unable to insulate the interior of your home to the same degree as aluminum siding or more expensive, thicker vinyl.