For all of its benefits, aluminum is declining in popularity. Aluminum siding can dent, and the sound of rain or hail hitting the siding can be quite loud in the home. While aluminum can be painted any color, it may need to be repainted as often as every five years. The repainting process can actually require removal of the siding.
Aluminum siding is fairly easy to distinguish from wood or vinyl siding, but it can be a bit more challenging to distinguish from steel. Aluminum siding should not be in contact with the ground. Since aluminum siding can conduct electricity, some municipalities will require the siding be grounded.
Wood siding has been in use for a very long time. Newer types of siding, like aluminum and vinyl, have some advantages over wood in terms of durability and weather resistance, but wood siding remains very popular. Wood siding has several types including clapboard, plank, plywood, shingles or shake, solid lumber, and hardboard.
As we saw with vinyl and aluminum siding, wood siding has its own pros and cons. Wood siding can actually increase the resale value of a home. Wood siding is very versatile in terms of styles and its ability to be painted or stained in any color. Wood siding can also be easier to repair in some cases.