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Board & Batten Metal Siding: A Superior Choice Over Vinyl and Wood for Generations to Come

Updated: Apr 3

I recently returned from a voyage most dare not even consider... For those who don't know, I work remotely from Northwest Iowa, which is a ways away from Knoxville, Tennessee (True's home base - or as my coworkers call it, "God's Country"). You're probably catching on that this daring excursion was from Iowa to Tennessee, but what you don't know is I took the distant trip not by plane, but via car... with my parents. Amidst this 14-hour drive [each way], my dad asked, "So, how does metal siding compare to vinyl siding?"

While the typical comparison for Board & Batten steel siding is wood Board & Batten - due to the similar aesthetics, - metal siding is a superior choice to both, offering a host of advantages over its vinyl and wood siding counterparts. Let's explore how Board & Batten metal siding compares to these alternatives, and why it emerges as the unequivocal champion for homeowners seeking durability, aesthetics, and value for generations to come... This one's for you, Dad.

Durability: Metal Siding Outshines the Competition

When it comes to durability, Board & Batten metal siding outshines both vinyl and wood siding by a wide margin. While vinyl siding may boast resistance to rot and insects, it pales in comparison to the robustness of steel. Unlike vinyl, which can crack, warp, and fade over time, steel siding maintains its structural integrity in the face of extreme weather conditions, from blistering heat to freezing cold. And in contrast to vinyl's fading downfalls, our Steel Board and Batten Siding comes with a lifetime warranty on the painted material.

Hail Damaged Vinyl Siding
Hail Damaged Vinyl Siding

Another family member has also posed the question, "But, won't metal dent from hail?" In all fairness, yes, it's possible that metal siding will dent when facing extreme hail conditions. However, keep in mind, what may dent steel, will likely compromise the integrity of other building materials (exemplified by the vinyl image shown), as vinyl siding will crack under the pressure rather than dent.

Steel Siding with Barnwood Digital Wood Print

Similarly, wood siding is susceptible to rot, decay, and termite infestation, making it a less-than-ideal choice for homeowners seeking longevity. In contrast, steel siding is impervious to moisture, insects, and decay, ensuring that your home remains fortified against the elements for decades to come.

Why take on the headaches of wood, when you can get outstanding performance from steel - with the same (or better) aesthetic as wood siding?

Lifespan & Cost Comparisons: What Dad is Really Looking For

  • Board & Batten Metal Siding: Lifespan of 50 years or more. Initial installation costs may be higher than vinyl but lower than wood. However, the lifespan and minimal maintenance requirements offer long-term cost savings.

  • Vinyl Siding: Lifespan typically ranges from 20 to 30 years. Generally more affordable upfront but may require replacement sooner, leading to higher long-term costs.

  • Wood Siding: Lifespan varies but may require replacement every 20 to 30 years. Initial costs can be high, and ongoing maintenance expenses add up over time, making it one of the costliest options in the long run.

Maintenance: The Welcome Relief of Metal Siding

Board & Batten steel siding offers homeowners a welcome respite from the labor-intensive maintenance routines associated with vinyl and wood siding.

Vinyl Siding with Mold and Mildew Growth
Faded, Cracked Vinyl Siding with Mold & Mildew Growth

While vinyl siding may require periodic cleaning to prevent mold and mildew growth, and wood siding demands regular staining, painting, and sealing to maintain its appearance and structural integrity, steel siding requires minimal upkeep. A simple rinse with a garden hose or a gentle wash with soap and water is all it takes to keep Board & Batten steel siding looking pristine, saving homeowners time, effort, and money in the long run.

Aesthetics: Beauty That Endures

Chipped Wood Siding
Chipped Wood Siding

While vinyl and wood siding may offer aesthetic appeal in their own right, Board & Batten steel siding exudes a timeless beauty that endures for generations. Unlike vinyl, which can exhibit a plasticky appearance and limited color options, and wood, which may weather and lose its luster over time, steel siding boasts a versatile range of colors, textures, and prints that allow homeowners to customize their exteriors to suit their personal style. Whether you prefer a sleek, modern aesthetic or a rustic, farmhouse charm, Board & Batten steel siding delivers unmatched versatility and visual appeal that stands the test of time.

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Energy Efficiency: Steel Siding Keeps Comfort In, Costs Down

In an era where energy efficiency is paramount, Board & Batten steel siding proves to be a superior choice compared to vinyl and wood siding. While vinyl siding offers minimal insulation value and wood siding may lose its insulating properties over time, steel siding provides superior thermal performance, helping regulate indoor temperatures and reducing energy consumption. This translates into lower heating and cooling costs, ensuring year-round comfort for homeowners while minimizing their carbon footprint. Additionally, steel siding is fully recyclable at the end of its lifespan, further bolstering its eco-friendly credentials and contributing to a sustainable future.

Longevity: Investing in the Future with Metal Siding

Decaying Wood Siding
Decaying Wood Siding

In the realm of longevity, Board & Batten steel siding reigns supreme, offering homeowners a lasting investment that pays dividends for years to come. While vinyl siding may need to be replaced every 20 to 30 years and wood siding may require frequent repairs and replacements due to rot and decay, steel siding boasts a lifespan of 50 years or more with minimal maintenance. Its durability, resilience, and timeless appeal ensure that your home remains protected and beautiful for generations (yes Dad, you may be in your 60's, but your favorite child would benefit in the long-run), making it a wise choice for homeowners seeking enduring value and peace of mind.

In summary, Board & Batten steel siding emerges as the ultimate choice for homeowners seeking superior durability, aesthetics, energy efficiency, and long-term value. Compared to vinyl and wood siding, it offers unmatched resilience, low maintenance, timeless beauty, and eco-friendliness, making it a sound investment in the future of your home. Whether you're building a new home or renovating an existing one, choosing Board & Batten steel siding is a decision that promises to enhance the curb appeal, protection, and value of your property for decades to come.

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