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Aluminum Siding vs Vinyl Siding: Which is Better for Your Home?

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To everything there is a season, and that definitely includes your home’s siding. Due to regular wear and tear or more serious weather damages, siding’s performance and look can waver over time. If it’s time to upgrade your home’s aluminum siding, it could benefit you to look for another choice of materials. But why should you replace your aluminum siding with something else? We’ll lay out a few reasons why considering another option — especially vinyl siding — might be just the upgrade you need. 

Is Aluminum Siding More Expensive Than Vinyl Siding?

Though aluminum siding is less expensive up front, it may cost you more in the long run. It isn’t the most durable material, so it is susceptible to dents and scratches. Damaged siding can lead to major issues in your home, including mold growth. Eradicating mold and replacing damaged siding will cost thousands.

Perhaps most importantly though, aluminum siding is not energy efficient. This means higher bills over time as you try to keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer. The home improvement industry uses the material R-value to determine how energy efficient individual materials are. Most building codes require that walls, including drywall, insulation and siding as well as other optional materials, have a total R-value of 13. Aluminum siding has an approximate R-value of .61, which means the rest of your home’s walls have a lot of work to do to stand up to the elements.

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How Long Does Aluminum Siding Last?

Well-maintained aluminum siding can last up to 40 or even 50 years. After that time period, it’s time to replace. Fortunately, aluminum siding is recyclable. So when it comes time to think of what’s next for your home’s exterior, you can do your part for the environment. 

Painting Aluminum Siding vs Replacing With Vinyl

If you’re looking to update your aluminum siding, you may choose to paint it. This refreshes the look and adds a personal touch to the outside of your home. However, you will have to perform maintenance on this paint whenever the aluminum is dented or scratched, and the color will eventually fade. Additionally, since aluminum is a non-porous material, it will require primer and sanding before it will hold color well. All this is to say: it’s not a Saturday afternoon project to paint your aluminum siding. 

Vinyl siding, on the other hand, does not need to be painted. The color is added to vinyl siding during the process of manufacturing the material, so it comes pretreated by the time it makes it to your home. This means the color won’t chip off and you won’t need to do maintenance to keep vinyl’s color looking vibrant. Vinyl is a one-and-done way to give your home enhanced curb appeal.

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Why Choose Insulated Vinyl Siding?

We recommend replacing aluminum siding with insulated vinyl. Let’s break down why:

There are plenty of reasons to change your home’s siding, but ultimately the decision is yours. Still, we hope you make use of the points above when choosing a new siding — and we’re always happy to assist in your home renovation needs. 

Make the Switch to Vinyl Siding Today

Ready to switch up your aluminum siding for something a little more durable? We’re ready to help you add value to your home with our selection of energy-efficient vinyl siding options. Request a free quote from Window World of DC today.