Aluminum siding often evokes different emotions in different people. Win some people your aluminum siding they think of dated architecture, and row house clichés. Others associate of aluminum siding with a modern aesthetic. Although neither thought is really wrong nor right, the fact is aluminum siding has been popular since the late 1950s and has never gone out of style.
Contractors and homeowners agree that aluminum siding is an excellent alternative to vinyl siding. Much like vinyl siding aluminum is easily installed, and virtually maintenance free. Aluminum siding is also highly durable, able to withstand extreme weather conditions, fire, and impact. Also, unlike other fire resistant materials of aluminum siding contains no asbestos, thus posing no health risks whatsoever.
Although aluminum siding is highly durable it does have a tendency to fade and dent over time. This is the natural wear and tear of the siding, and nothing to be concerned about. However to avoid this and maintain a pleasant aesthetic proper maintenance is important when taking care of your aluminum siding.
One of the most easy and popular maintenance suggestions for faded aluminum siding is a fresh coat of paint. A new coat of paint can completely change the look of your home. If cost is no issue hiring a contractor will ensure that the job is done professionally, quickly, and that no hassle to you. If you are looking to save a few dollars aluminum siding can easily be repainted by the tenacious homeowner. Just remember always follow your manufacturer suggestions when applying a fresh coat of paint.
Another way to tell that your aluminum siding needs a fresh coat of paint is if there is a fine powdery residue on the surface of the siding, most apparent to the touch. When deciding to repaint many experts suggest that you first coat your aluminum siding with a thin layer of primer. This primer is specifically formulated to help paint stick to your siding and ensure a long lasting coat. When taking steps to repaint your siding, it is best to purchase extra siding panels and repaint them as well. That way should an installed panel become damaged it will be possible to swap out the damaged panel for a new one while maintaining an exact color match.
Once you have freshly painted or newly installed aluminum siding the best way to care for your siding is by regularly power washing it. When power washing your aluminum siding it is important not to set the power washer at too high a level or you risk damaging the aluminum siding. One way to test whether or not you have the washer said at the right level is to briefly spray a small portion of your house that is not visible to the street. That way should you accidentally damage your siding it will not ruin the entire façade. After determining the proper pressure level you may then proceed to spray down your entire home.
When properly maintained aluminum siding can last anywhere from 40 years to the lifetime of your home.