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Aluminum vs. Vinyl Siding: Which Is Better?

Apr 17, 2019

Aluminum siding continues to be used in homes despite being outclassed by alternative materials, such as vinyl, in terms of ease of maintenance, aesthetic appeal, maintenance, eco-friendliness and value for money. Rogers Roofing, one of the top roofing companies in Indiana, shows you why vinyl is superior to aluminum in every category.

Durability

Vinyl siding’s durability is part of the reason it’s the most preferred siding material. Aluminum is a sturdy material, but it’s thinner than vinyl, making it prone to dents, thus reducing the aesthetic appeal of your home’s exterior.

Aesthetic Appeal

In addition to its resistance to unsightly dents, vinyl is also valued for its ability to retain the vibrancy of its color. Vinyl is able to do so because the pigment is imbued throughout the material, allowing it to better resist ultraviolet (UV) rays. In contrast, a layer of coloring has to be applied on top of aluminum, making the material’s outer layer prone to scratches.

Vinyl siding is unbeaten when it comes to design flexibility. It comes in a variety of textures and colors, with certain brands offering vinyl siding that mimics the texture of cedar, a material commonly used in roofing shingles to give the home exterior a rustic look.

Ease of Maintenance

And because aluminum siding’s coloring is merely sprayed on top, the coating of paint will fade as it’s exposed to sunlight. This means more maintenance work and costs.

On the other hand, since the color has been baked into vinyl, you don’t have to repaint the siding at all. The only maintenance work vinyl siding needs is an occasional scrubbing to get rid of grime, stains and mildew that may have accumulated over time.

Eco-friendliness

If a roofer is asked which material they’d use for an energy-efficient home, they would no doubt recommend vinyl. Insulated vinyl siding can better maintain the interior temperature, reducing your cooling costs. In contrast, aluminum siding easily absorbs heat, forcing you to rely more on your air conditioner and driving up your cooling costs.

Value for Money

While aluminum siding’s upfront costs are slightly cheaper than vinyl siding’s costs, it’s clear that you’ll get more value for your money with vinyl.

If you’re looking to replace your old siding with new siding, why not choose CertainTeed® vinyl siding? CertainTeed Cedar Impressions® vinyl siding can add a rustic feel to your home while giving it a durability that can withstand hurricane-force winds. As a certified CertainTeed siding contractor, you can be sure Rogers Roofing will properly install your vinyl siding. To get a free estimate, call (219) 933-9145 or (773) 768-3022, or fill out this form. We serve clients in Chicago and Schererville, IN, as well as parts of Northwest Indiana.