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House Siding Options : Materials : Aluminum


Aluminum Siding

Aluminum siding runs about $5 to $9 per square foot installed and is a nice option for homeowners looking for a different look to their home. The material comes in many colors to complement the existing style or vision of a homeowner, is affordable and durable and is easy to maintain.


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Aluminum Siding Basics

Aluminum siding is often placed vertically, similar to boards and battens which provides the illusion of a taller home. This can be used to great effect, especially for homeowners who feel their home seems too "stout." A metal like aluminum that is used as siding can be used to create two very distinct effects. The first is to give a home a more rural or farm look - due mainly to the fact that barns often use exterior aluminum cladding.

The second look is a much more urban or contemporary facade - often achieved in conjunction with other materials like stained wood, glass and additional types of metal selected for the home. In these cases, the aluminum can be used either on the entire exterior or as more of an accent siding for a portion of the home.


Entry To Mid Range Prices

The basic price range for an entry to mid range project is $5 to $7 per square foot installed. This includes the aluminum cladding, all of the additional materials that go into a siding project and the installation or labor costs.

Cost Range: $5 to $7 psf installed


Mid To High End: $7 to $9 psf installed

The basic price range for a mid to high end project is $7 to $9 per square foot installed. This includes the aluminum cladding, all of the additional materials that go into a siding project and the installation or labor costs.

Cost Range: $7 to $9 psf installed


Benefits - Distinctive Look

Aluminum cladding definitely provides a distinct look to any home. For additional variety, aluminum often has an enamel coating baked into the surface during the manufacturing process which can also add different textures to the surface. Depending on the texture and color of the cladding, this material can add some real pop and interest to a home's exterior.


Solid Protection

Aluminum offers solid protect from the outside elements such as rain, snow, fire etc. It won't weather in nearly the same way as a wood or cedar siding is going to. The enamel keeps it from rusting (always a concern with a metal). The material also offers very solid energy efficiency.


Easy To Install

Aluminum is relatively light and easy to cut. It is fairly easy to install and is therefore one of the less expensive options in terms of installation. However, homeowners should still hire a company that specializes in metal and/or aluminum siding or roofing to insure a quality installation.


Disadvantages

If the aluminum loses it's exterior protection it can oxidize over time and get "chalky" or flaky. As well, hail can cause the material to dent easier than other materials, which may require a panel or two to be replaced and the colors matched.







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