Vinyl siding may be the most popular siding choice in the United States, but homeowners have found some unique benefits for aluminum siding that also make it an attractive option. Below are the advantages of both products, but ultimately you will be the judge for which siding comes out on top.
Advantages of Vinyl Siding
Cost: Vinyl siding is less expensive than aluminum siding. The cost difference between the two products, although not particularly substantial, is probably one of the largest advantages of vinyl siding for the average homeowner. Of course, the price difference between the two products will vary depending on the quality of vinyl siding or aluminum siding that you purchase.
Durability: Vinyl siding is often double the thickness of comparable aluminum siding. This makes is much more likely to withstand pressure without succumbing to scratches, dings, and dents.
Colorfastness: When vinyl siding is made, the dye is added directly to the PVC plastic. This makes the color more durable and scratches less noticeable because the color is not restricted to the outer layer. In contrast, aluminum siding is coated with a colored enamel. Scratch this enamel, and the silver aluminum will show through.
Advantages of Aluminum Siding
Flexibility: Aluminum siding is far more flexible and able to withstand extremes of hot and cold than vinyl siding. While high or low temperatures can cause vinyl siding to crack, or even split, aluminum siding is far less likely to be affected. Often vinyl siding is coupled with aluminum trim to avoid problems in places that require the largest amount of flexibility.
Repairs: Although aluminum siding is more likely to need repairs, it is also far easier to repair than vinyl siding. Scratches can simply be repainted and dings can often be tapped out with the light touch of a hammer.
Color: While vinyl siding can technically be pained, most manufacturers do not recommend it. Conversely, aluminum siding can easily be repainted if the right tools and products are used.
Environmental Concerns: Aluminum siding can easily be recycled at the end of its useful life-cycle, while the construction market is still looking for ways to reasonably use vinyl siding as a post consumer product. Also, in a fire, vinyl siding will melt and produce toxic fumes. Aluminum siding will withstand higher temperatures, and harmful off gassing is minimal.