Many people choose steel buildings for their strength and durability. Since they can withstand harsh conditions, they are the perfect structure for just about any area and environment.

Deciding to put exterior siding on a steel building is a matter of personal preference. Some people may want to leave the structure as it is, while others may want to not only alter the look, but the longevity of their building. Some people choose to install siding on their steel buildings to help them blend in with the rest of the structures on their property.
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Choosing an Exterior Siding

Weighing the pros and cons of each type of exterior siding should help you decide on what kind to invest in. Don't just consider the price. A low price is always fine, but keep in mind other factors such as maintenance requirements, durability, looks, and insulation. Other things to consider when looking for siding for your steel buildings are whether or not it will stand up to your climate and any environmental impacts it may have.

Different Types of Exterior Siding for Steel Buildings

Whatever your reason for installing exterior siding, keep in mind that there are a variety of options to choose from. Like everything else in life, each option has its advantages and disadvantages.

Vinyl Siding

One of the most popular choices in exterior siding, vinyl siding, is made out of polyvinyl chloride. It is one of the most durable, long lasting, and cost efficient options. There is a wide variety of styles and colors to choose from, and with this option, you won't have to paint the exterior of your building. Vinyl siding resists dents, peeling, flaking, and scratching.

Vinyl siding is not without its disadvantages, though. A major concern of many consumers is the fact that in the event of a fire, vinyl siding can release toxic fumes. It is also less sturdy than other types of exterior siding during extreme weather conditions, and can be very difficult - if not impossible - to repair.

Aluminum Siding

Aluminum siding is more expensive than vinyl siding, but it is also must more weather resistant. It is very durable and fire resistant. Although it doesn't come in many colors, aluminum siding can be painted using an oil based metal priming paint followed by an acrylic latex exterior paint.

The fact that it is a bit more expensive option is partly to blame for people shying away from metal siding. It can also be quite difficult to repair if it gets damaged, and it offers very little insulation for steel buildings.

Wood Siding

Many people choose wood siding for their steel buildings because it is environmentally friendly, and it has a natural beauty to it. Wood siding is very durable and can offer some insulation to your steel buildings. Since wood is a natural porous material, it takes and holds stains and paint well, therefore, the color possibilities are endless. Also, if your wood siding happens to get damaged, it is relatively easy to repair.

On the downside, the treatment, painting, and staining of wood siding can be quite expensive, and it typically needs repainted every few years. The maintenance and repair of improperly treated wood siding can be extensive and put quite a dent in the wallet.

Masonry Siding

Brick, stone, stucco, and fiber-cement siding are masonry siding options for steel buildings. There are a number of advantages of adding masonry siding to steel buildings, but durability is probably the biggest advantage of any masonry siding. It is weather resistant, and it will not rot, deteriorate, or rust. Masonry siding can add a very distinctive, classy look to steel buildings, and it is generally very low maintenance.

In most cases, the biggest reason people don't choose masonry siding is the cost. It is usually very expensive. Also, the majority of the time it requires expert installation to be installed properly. The price of the materials and installation of some masonry siding can actually be higher than the price of the actual steel building.

Maintenance of Exterior Siding

You most likely chose a steel building for its durability and longevity. There would be no point in spending the money on exterior siding for it if you didn't properly maintain it. There are a few tips to keep in mind when maintaining any exterior siding.

Keeping your exterior siding clean is the most important thing. Wood siding should be stained, painted, or sealed every few years. This will keep it in top shape, it will last longer, and it will look better. It can also add value to your steel buildings.

Periodically check the siding of your steel buildings for any damage, especially after winter and after any large storm or other environmental event. Any damage should be fixed as soon as possible. This will prevent the problem from getting even bigger and possibly beyond repair.

Keeping up with routine maintenance on your siding is important. If you perform the routine maintenance and repairs, the exterior siding could last as long as your steel buildings.