Metal vs Engineered Wood

When considering engineered wood siding vs metal, which is the right choice for your home? Engineered wood is a newer material composed of wood fibers held together by a resin binder. Like steel siding, it can be manufactured in many styles to look like real wood.

When looking at metal siding vs wood siding, consider each material’s ability to control moisture as well the amount of maintenance they require.

The engineered wood siding comparison chart below illustrates the differences between metal vs wood siding. One of those differences is the superior protection steel offers against both water and fire. After you review your options, we’re here to answer any questions you have.

Feature EDCO Metal Siding Engineered Wood Siding
  • Does not absorb water
  • Will not swell, decompose or develop mold over time
  • Susceptible to rotting
  • If water seeps in, the material can warp and buckle
  • If not installed properly, moisture issues can be expected
  • Realistic wood grain look
  • Mimics a cedar or smooth texture
  • Lifetime non-protated limited warranty that is transferrable
  • Includes material and labor
  • 50-year transferable limited warranty when installed properly
  • 5-year, 100% labor and replacement warranty
Fire Resistance
  • Not susceptible to deformation from exposure to heat sources
  • Non-combustible
  • Manufactured with wood strands which provides very little protection from high-heat including fires
  • Little to no caulking required
  • Overlapping of siding panels allows for expansion and contraction due to temperature changes
  • No nailheads are exposed
  • Joints need to be caulked or have clips added which accentuate the gaps and can fade at a different rate
  • Contractors need to prep and paint every edge of every piece that is cut
  • Nails can be over driven causing exposure to moisture
  • Manufactured with at least 25% recycled steel
  • 100% recyclable
  • Manufactured with primarily wood strands, engineered wood is considered a renewable source
  • Approx. 100 lbs per 100 sq. feet
  • Approx. 150-200 lbs per 100 sq. feet
  • Easily acclimates to any weather condition and will not chip, crack or peel
  • Over time, it becomes less resistant to impact
  • It can flake and crack. In addition, it can split as product expands or contracts with climate changes
Hail and Fade Protection
  • 35-year fade warranty
  • 50-year hail protection
  • Does not cover hail greater than 1.75” in diameter
  • Little to no maintenance required
  • Requires periodic painting, especially in areas with extended exposure to sunlight