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5 Frequently Asked Questions About Residential Metal Siding

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If you’re considering metal as your residential siding material, you may have a few questions. Here are the most frequently asked questions about residential metal siding:

1. Is Metal Siding Fireproof?

While metal siding proves to be one of the most fire-resistant options on the market, it is not 100% fireproof. It does not ignite or spread fire, but depending on how long and how hot the fire burns, it can be damaged. As a non-combustible material, it is one of the best choices to resist fire up to a certain point.

2. Is Residential Metal Siding Hard to Clean?

Unlike materials like vinyl, metal siding is extremely easy to clean (and only requires a good, bi-annual cleaning!). A good rinse with a power washer can clean most dirt away, but if your siding is extra dirty, you can follow these 5 simple steps to clean your metal siding. It’s easy – we promise!

3. Can You Paint Steel Siding?

Although the answer is technically yes, metal siding can be painted, it is not recommend it. Painting your metal siding voids any warranty you had in place. The only exception to this is Bonderized metal, which is designed to be painted. Bonderized metal undergoes a special treatment process that allows paint to adhere properly and maintain its appearance and durability over time. If you are set on having a specific color or look that isn’t available in pre-finished metal siding, Bonderized metal might be a good option for you.

4. Does Metal Siding Attract Lightning?

This is a very common misconception about both metal roofs and metal siding. Since metal is a non-combustible material and a conductor of electricity, it’s not any more susceptible to lightning strikes than other materials. When lightning strikes, it searches for the path of least resistance — meaning it’s more attracted to whatever’s closest to the sky, rather than the material. Read more about this metal myth here.

5. How Difficult is Steel Siding Installation?

When it comes to metal siding installation, the difficulty level depends on your level of experience and the type of panel you choose. Exposed fastener metal siding can be a bit easier and more DIY friendly compared to concealed fastener systems. If you’ve worked with metal siding installation before, using panels like Corrugated or All Purpose can be relatively easy. However, if you’ve never done any metal siding installation, you should look into hiring a professional. That way, you take all the guesswork out of your metal siding installation!

By offering homeowners long-lasting material, the ability to withstand harsh weather, and look amazing while doing it, metal siding is becoming an increasingly popular choice for residential siding materials. With its numerous benefits and ease of maintenance, metal siding provides a practical and stylish solution for modern homes.

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