Modern steel buildings are very unlike the metal boxes of yesteryears, which were popularly used as warehouses. Today, applications of steel buildings include churches, schools, offices, commercial establishments, storage facilities, garages, farm buildings and even residences. This has been possible through modern design, engineering and manufacturing technologies that made modern steel buildings more flexible than ever before.
Some consumers may not want the look and feel of an all-steel building, although this is the most economical choice for new construction. In this case, other materials are considered for exteriors. One popular siding material for steel buildings is vinyl siding.
Vinyl siding is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), an impact resistant material, which is now commonly used in popular consumer and commercial building products.
When compared to other types of siding for steel buildings, vinyl siding offers a lot more features that are not found in other siding. For one, it can simulate the appearance of wood, without the hassles associated with the real thing (real wood is notorious for being high maintenance). Besides, vinyl siding for steel buildings looks attractive and will remain such for a long time because it is durable, easy to install and needs minimal maintenance.
Vinyl siding for steel buildings will remain strong and durable, maintaining its original appearance and rigidity through time. No need to worry about peeling paint because it doe not have to be painted in the first place, unlike wood and hard board siding. It is not susceptible to rotting. Another important feature is its design that promotes proper ventilation. The pre-drilled weep holes in the bottom siding edges allow for proper drainage for any condensation.
The initial cost of vinyl siding is less compared to other siding materials. And owners of steel buildings will actually save more if they think of the maintenance costs that vinyl siding will NOT require once installed. Vinyl siding is known to last for at least 40 years. Unlike wood or hard board, it does not need sanding and painting or re-painting every few years. And there is no need to replace sections that are damaged due to moisture and insect infestation.
Vinyl siding for steel buildings is easy to install and can be installed even by non-professionals. However, to ensure a straight and clean look, ask the advice of your supplier or steel building representative.