If you have a house made of wood, you have probably considered getting siding at some point. It’s a good investment; metal siding can decrease your energy bill, keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and protect your house from the harsh Canadian weather. But what should you expect to pay for a custom home renovation like this? And how does metal siding compare to other types of siding that homeowners might consider?
Learn all you need to know about metal siding installation in this helpful article.
Why Get an Exterior Renovation Contractor?
If you think you have the time and skill, you may want to try putting metal siding on your house by yourself. But, according to Porch.com, you need both a lot of time and skill to do siding work yourself. It is usually not practical to do aluminum exterior siding projects yourself unless you have a lot of equipment. They may also have access to resources that you do not, including higher-quality products.
A licensed residential siding contractor will also know about building code requirements and safety standards and may have decades of experience. Depending on their permits, they may be able to offer an extended warranty on your exterior renovation projects. And if you run into issues, you can ask your contractor for efficient siding repairs.
As tempting as it may be to DIY metal siding, it is not worth it for this type of renovation. You may be able to handle small basement renovations, but the craftsmanship quality of a residential siding contractor is worth the price.
How Much Should I Expect to Pay?
There is no way around it: metal is more expensive than other types of siding for your house. Most siding contractors offer competitive prices. Modernize.com says that the average house will cost a little over $9,015 CAD to cover in aluminum.
However, it is both more durable than both of those and also ecologically friendly. Even though metal is not a renewable resource, metal siding is both recyclable and also made out of recycled materials. Overall, you will save money if you get metal siding for your home.
Your exterior siding contractor will factor in all of the following:
- Cost of materials.
- Cost of labour.
- Any other considerations.
Renovation projects using metal siding are charged by the square foot. If you want to create an estimate yourself, you can get the measurements of your house and guess the budget range. However, any contractor with integrity will give you an honest price with a little bit of profit. You can nonetheless create a predictable budget.
Construction Programs & Results, Inc. has an amazing breakdown of why you should not try to reduce what your contractor is asking of you. Do not settle for a cut-rate, cut-corner price. Aluminum siding is an investment and merits top-rated materials.
What Are the Benefits of Metal Siding?
In short, here are some reasons why people consider metal siding when they hire a siding contractor:
- Weather-resistance—Aluminum is resistant to water and most other kinds of harsh weather. Furthermore, metal siding keeps your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter, saving money on your energy bill as well!
- Recyclability—Most metal siding is made of recycled materials, and can be recycled if it gets damaged.
- Aesthetic appeal—Metal siding can make your house look better. It doesn’t have to look like metal!
Won’t It Make My House Look Bad?
Many homeowners fear that metal siding might make their homes look industrial, but nothing could be further from the truth. Not only does steel siding come in many colours, but it can be bent into shapes that resemble roof tiles. It can also be made to look like wood. There are many ways to turn metal into beautiful siding. If anything, getting decorative metal siding can increase your home’s curb appeal.
Metal VS…Everything Else.
There are many choices of house siding. We prefer steel siding and will cut our sheets precisely for your custom renovation. But for comparison’s sake, here is how our metal siding stacks up against other types of house siding.
Many homeowners probably consider vinyl siding for its affordable price. It is also relatively lightweight and can be molded into almost any shape. However, it is also very fragile; vinyl siding, on average, lasts only 10–15 years versus 30+ years of metal siding.
Fibre Cement Siding
Fibre cement siding is a blend of wood and stone. (If you have heard of Hardie board, that is a branded type of fibre cement siding.) Although it is quieter and often looks more natural than metal siding, it has significantly lower water resistance.
Somewhat in the same vein as fibre cement siding, composite siding is usually made of wood and resin. Although it is longer-lasting and more pest-resistant than wood siding, it shares the shorter lifespan of both halves when compared to metal.
You can trust Country Towne’s exterior renovation services for quality workmanship, top-rated materials, high safety standards, and a wide range of colours and shapes.
A good contractor will get you an extended warranty on your new siding. Contact us on our webpage and let our siding experts turn your ideas into reality today!