Why should I use metal siding?

Steel siding is an increasingly popular option for residential and commercial buildings due to the variety of ways it can be used, the ease of installation, and the longevity of the exterior metal wall panels. The variety of steel siding panel profiles available has helped drive this trend. Matched with metal's longevity and minimal maintenance, these exterior metal wall panels have become increasingly popular. When used as siding, metal panels can achieve modern, traditional, and industrial style designs.

You might recognise the image above from the area know as “Tin Town” in Courtenay, where all of the buildings are sided with metal.

What kinds of Metal Siding are there?

As a professional siding contractor serving the Comox Valley and Mt. Washington on Vancouver Island we found that there are predominantly 8 main types of metal siding to choose from:

Corrugated Metal Siding – Corrugated siding, originally used for its durability and strength, has evolved into a staple of both residential and commercial sheet metal siding designs. As metal siding panels can be created in a wide range of colors, the subtle waves of a corrugated wall panel can produce different shades and tones throughout the day. Combined with a relatively simple installation process, this aesthetic appeal has made corrugated steel siding panels very popular in modern, traditional and rustic sheet metal designs.

Vertical Siding Panels – Metal exterior wall panels offer the ability to vertically align each of the siding panels to create appealing sight lines. Using traditional panels like Ultra Batten, which creates a board & batten look, or a newer, more modern siding panel like Shiplap Wall, provides homes with a variety of appearances. A popular steel siding option in commercial, residential and agricultural applications, vertically run metal siding provides clean lines and can help direct the eye towards key features of a build. Running the exterior siding panels vertically can help create the illusion of a bigger home or building because the siding panels draw the eye upwards.

Horizontal Siding Options – Horizontally run siding panels are currently very popular in modern commercial designs, as well as remaining a traditional steel siding option in residential projects (lap siding, etc.). The horizontally run wall panels are often used for their ability to be run in longer lengths, creating a seamless line the length of a building. Horizontal siding options help give any building or home a touch of sleekness. The long, horizontal lines created by the siding panels elongate the space and give the illusion of a bigger, longer build.
Modern Exterior Siding – When steel siding is put in the hands of a creative builder, homeowner or architect, any siding panels can add to or create a modern design. However, some exterior siding panel’s profiles are even more well-suited to create a modern exterior. A few modern exterior siding favorites are the 7.2 Structural panel, the 6025 Structural Box Rib panel and the Ultra Batten panel. Using steel siding helps create a modern exterior with ease.

Rustic Steel Siding Options – Whether you’re building a mountain retreat or going for that Texas Rustic look, achieving a rustic look through metal siding is often about your choice of color, or natural finishes. Most siding panels can look rustic with the help of the perfect color and finish. Sheet metal siding that uses lighter colors or reds/browns easily look rustic. Another popular exterior wall panel option that achieves a rustic look is weathering steel.

Rusted Siding Panels – Popular in standing seam, flat panel and corrugated looks, Corten steel siding is very appealing with residential and commercial builders looking to create a unique metal exterior siding for houses or other buildings. Choosing the right siding panels can make weathering steel siding the talking point of any project. Weathering steel creates a unique, one-of-a-kind look on any projects, making it an optimal choice for exterior siding panels and those who want their project to be eye-catching and stand out!

Copper Siding Panels – For hundreds of years, copper has been an exceptional building material for adding an aesthetic value to a durable and long-lasting product. Whether it’s used for restorations or new builds, copper makes an excellent exterior siding panel option. You can expect your copper siding panels to last up to 100 years, transform and patina over time and be one of the strongest exterior wall panel products on the market.

In my professional experience metal is an excellent choice for siding your home. Here are some of the pros:

  • Can be aluminum, copper, or painted steel
  • Won’t absorb moisture so won’t rot or mildew
  • Insect resistant
  • Easy maintenance, just rinse
  • No painting
  • Can withstand hurricane force winds
  • Can withstand heavy lateral snow load (important up on Mt. Washington)
  • Improve energy efficiency by reflecting the sun’s UV
  • Modern appearance
  • 100% recyclable 
Mark Adey

Owner, Strathcona Siding

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