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Choosing the right siding for your home isn’t easy. The siding you chose will be a defining characteristic of your home, but the countless choices can be a headache for homeowners. Explore below the pros and cons of aluminum siding to see how it stacks up against Siparila’s Nordic Wood Siding.
Wood from Finland’s vast boreal forests are among the best in the world. There, trees grow slowly in the Scandinavian soil and climate, which results in solid trees with tight growth rings and straight grains. As a result, the wood is stronger, lighter and more durable than others.
At Siparila, we only use the finest Finnish Nordic Whitewood for our sidings. Combined with our patented Siparila Topcoat, it reinforces the material’s natural durability. Nordic wood is a top choice for cladding any home.
Aluminum is an increasingly popular material for siding as industrial architecture becomes a common feature in the suburbs. Quality is varied by the different gauges of thickness, which determines the effectiveness of aluminum siding. Thicker aluminum, like 53-guage siding, is expensive but is the only comparable material. Although it’s durable, aluminum can create the sound of ‘pinging’ from strong winds.
Aluminum siding is one of the most durable choices for siding. If you purchase a thick and high quality material, your siding should last upwards of 35 years. It could be even longer if you maintain the siding by painting and cleaning it every few years. That being said, this is not a high-maintenance material, and is not subject to the same the many problems of natural materials. For example, it will not absorb moisture, meaning it won’t swell, rot, or grow mildew. Aluminum siding is also resistant to insects like ants and termites which eat away at wood siding.
For people who live in harsh weather climates, aluminum stands up well against extreme weather. Unlike vinyl, aluminum siding will not crack due to freezing temperatures. Another benefit of aluminum is that it’s fire-resistant, and close to being fireproof which could mean considerable savings on your homeowners insurance.
Siparila Nordic Wood:
Siparila only uses wood from Finnish boreal forests, where trees withstand the cold climate through the growth of tough, dense, and straight-grained wood: All attributes that make it a top-grade building material. Siparila also stands above the competition by offering thicker siding profiles which increases durability and can last for decades.
Wood is prone to water and insect damage and Nordic Whitewood is not resistant to the risks of rot and decay. However, the patented Siparila Topcoat wood processing bolsters its strength and resilience for harsh conditions. This process involves treating the wood in a moisture, air, temperate controlled facility. The siding is primed immediately after it is milled, allowing the coating to seep deep into the pores of the wood to better protect it. The wood is then treated in the factory with a proprietary paint application that gives it a finish that can withstand even the most grueling conditions.
Many homes are now built with an industrial aesthetic, making aluminum a popular choice for siding. Even if you do not want the unfinished refurbished look, aluminum panels come in all shapes and sizes, and can be milled to mimic wood. This means you can still achieve the look of a traditional home, while having the low-maintenance properties of aluminum. However, one downside is that compared to vinyl and wood, there are less style options for aluminum siding.
Siparila Nordic Wood:
Wood is one of the most common materials used for siding and for good reason. It has stood the test of time in terms of style and functionality. The look of Nordic Whitewood siding is timeless and significantly improves the curb appeal of any home.
Nordic Whitewood siding also has a tremendous amount of flexibility when it comes to the different shapes, sizes and colours available. The raw material can also be stained and painted. This means the panels are delivered without the need for further treatments making them ideal for any construction or renovation project.
As mentioned, the cost of aluminum siding varies depending on the type you choose. Budget variations such as 40-guage siding is a reasonable choice but will degrade over time. Thickness matters, and if you live near a heavily wooded area prone to debris in severe weather, then it may be impractical to buy the thinner aluminum.
There are many ways in which a high quality 53-guage siding can actually save you money in the long run. For example, the heavy gauge metal is an excellent insulator. 53-0gauge siding can contain warmth in the home better than any vinyl siding, which can amount to sizable savings on heating and cooling. There is also insurance costs. Depending on your homeowner’s insurance provider, they may grant you a discount for having aluminum siding instead of traditional materials.
Then there is repair and maintenance costs. As long as you perform regularly keep-up on your siding there should not be any expensive repairs. Issues usually arise when a portion becomes damaged. In this case it can be both difficult and costly to repair because you will have to replace the surrounding areas along with the damaged.
Aluminum naturally fades which makes finding matching sheets for your existing home difficult. Over time, your aluminum siding will also suffer scratches and become chalky, so although steel siding won’t rust, it will eventually lose its luster.
Siparila Nordic Wood:
As with any wood product, wear and tear will occur and should be considered when installing new siding. We offer warranty on all our Siparila products, with 70 years of coverage from the date of purchase, plus an additional 15-year warranty on the Topcoat paint against peeling, blistering, and cracking.
One benefit to Siparila’s wood siding is the ease of installation. They are equipped with industry standard joints and comes in one long length which reduces labour costs. In the long term however, homeowners must paint, stain and varnish their wood in order to protect its structural integrity. Without this, the siding will warp and rot.
The upside to having Birch Whitewood siding is that it can be easily repaired. If you sustain damage along one panel, that panel can be easily swapped out without any additional work to be done. Repairs can be completed quickly and inexpensively if caught early on.
Aluminum is highly recyclable. When your home is stripped or you decide to replace your siding, the sheets can be melted and remade into other products. Ideally none of it ever ends up in a landfill. Aluminum is also very energy efficient to produce and break down. Homeowners who want a sustainable and eco-friendly material for their siding should consider aluminum.
Siparila Nordic Wood:
Wood is, of course, biodegradable. Even when wood siding ends up in a landfill they decompose quickly into a compost-like substance. Siparila only uses PEFC-certified wood to maintain ethical forest stewardship. This means that the trees are harvested sustainably and with consideration to the biodiversity of the ecosystem.