02:34PM | 03/31/04
Member Since: 03/30/04
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We are installing siding this june on our home.Which product would be better Steel siding or vinyl? Robert McKay Portage In.


04:10PM | 03/31/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
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You should go with concrete siding as the saying goes, vinyl isn't final. Do they still make steel siding? If they do it will need to be painted someday.


05:45PM | 03/31/04

Please disregard the previous person’s comments. Vinyl IS the best bet when you look at all the facts. I have spent most of my life in and around the remodeling industry, and I am sure that vinyl is the best product (both windows & siding) for the money! I have been hooked on Alside and their products for some time. Check them out and I am sure you will agree, Back in 1947 they invented aluminum siding for residential use. Now they only make vinyl, and they have the best siding around (Charter Oak). Their UltraMaxx replacement window is great with triple & quadruple weather striping, and they only use double strength glass in all their replacement windows.

However, if you are looking at a DIY project, they are not your best bet, as they only sell to contractors.

I am in the Chicagoland area, and there are alot of options for a contractor, but I am confident that they are the ONLY option worth looking at.

Good Luck!

PS, I think they have a location in Merrillville, IN


09:16PM | 03/31/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
I'd say disregard the previous two posts since there are times when steel siding is best, times when vinyl is best, times when concrete siding is best, and times when other sidings are best.

Consider your locale, weather conditions, design characteristics and pocketbook to decide which product(s) best meet your siding needs.

I would never consider one siding above any other as 'best' under all circumstances or conditions.


04:44PM | 04/01/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
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The problem I have with people that sell vinyl and metal sidings is that they are sold as a cure all and that there is not any maintenance needed. All siding needs to be washed to remove dirt and mildew. Any siding will fade and chalk over time and I have sold paint on many aluminum siding houses over the years and that was sold as never having to do anything to your house ever again when it came out. So if anybody says you will never see any fading on your vinyl siding they are not being truthful. I dare say I will be selling paint on all these vinyl houses soon as they start to looking bad.

I say take in what all of us say and figure out what will work best for you.
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