Metal Siding vs. Vinyl Siding

When comparing metal siding vs vinyl siding, consider how long you plan to be in your home. With a lifetime limited warranty that’s transferable, sustainable metal siding will keep your family safe and dry for as long as you own your home.

The options for style and color of metal vs vinyl siding are comparable. We offer a variety of elegant styles, colors, and finishes to match your home’s aesthetic.

Because of vinyl’s popularity, comparisons of vinyl siding are common. The chart below can help you make an informed decision on metal siding vs vinyl siding for your home.

Feature EDCO Metal Siding Vinyl Siding
  • Does not absorb water
  • Will not swell, decompose or develop mold over time
  • Since vinyl expands and contracts, it isn’t sealed to keep out water
  • If water seeps in, mold, mildew and rotting can result
  • Realistic wood grain look
  • Low-gloss finish that more closely resembles painted wood
  • Tends to fade over time.
  • Lifetime non-protated limited warranty that is transferrable
  • Includes material and labor
  • Vinyl siding warranties vary by manufacturer. However, typical vinyl siding limited warranties are non-prorated
Fire Resistance
  • Not susceptible to deformation from exposure to heat sources
  • Non-combustible
  • It is a combustible material but will not ignite unless exposed to flames from an existing fire
  • Will melt if exposed to a significant heat source
  • Little to no caulking required
  • Overlapping of siding panels allows for expansion and contraction due to temperature changes
  • No nailheads are exposed
  • Not typically installed during colder months to reduce chance of it cracking
  • Can be installed over nearly any surface as long as its straight and watertight
  • Manufactured with at least 25% recycled steel
  • 100% recyclable
  • Not a “Green” Product and generally not recyclable. PVC can release carcinogens in the air at high temperatures
  • Approx. 100 lbs per 100 sq. feet
  • Approx. 45-60 lbs per 100 sq. feet
  • Easily acclimates to any weather condition and will not chip, crack or peel
  • Cold weather can cause vinyl to crack
Hail and Fade Protection
  • 35-year fade warranty
  • 50-year hail protection
  • Hail not typically included in warranty. Generally, vinyl does not stand up to hail
  • Little to no maintenance required
  • Requires periodic cleaning with mild soap and water

Durability and Longevity

Metal siding shines in its ability to weather various environmental conditions without succumbing to damage such as chipping, cracking, or peeling. It boasts a 35-year fade warranty and 50-year protection against hail, ensuring your home’s exterior remains in top condition for decades. While vinyl siding resists many environmental factors, it can become brittle and crack in cold weather, with limited reliability against hail.

Aesthetic Flexibility and Installation

Both metal siding and vinyl siding offer an array of styles and colors, enabling homeowners to achieve their aesthetic goals. Metal Siding provides a realistic wood grain look with a low-gloss finish, closely resembling painted wood, while vinyl siding may fade over time. Metal siding installation is straightforward, requiring minimal caulking, in contrast to vinyl siding, which may not be installed during colder months to prevent cracking.

Environmental Impact

Metal siding stands out as a more sustainable option for environmentally conscious homeowners. EDCO's metal siding is produced with a minimum of 25% recycled steel and 100% recyclable, metal siding supports green building practices. Conversely, vinyl siding is generally not recyclable and can release toxic substances under high temperatures, making it a less environmentally friendly choice.

Consistency with Metal Roofing

Combining metal siding with metal roofing can create a harmonious and visually appealing aesthetic for your home. This blend enhances the exterior's durability and maintains a cohesive look across different styles and finishes. The synergy between metal siding and roofing underlines the architectural beauty while ensuring longevity and minimal upkeep.

Choosing the Right Siding for Your Home

When considering metal siding vs. vinyl siding, consider the long-term implications of your choice. Metal siding offers unmatched durability, environmental sustainability, and the potential for a cohesive exterior with metal roofing, making it an excellent investment for long-term homeowners. Ensuring that your home's exterior meets your aesthetic, environmental, and durability preferences is paramount, regardless of your choice.