DateTue Apr 4
Author: Rener Vieira
Siding is one of the most important parts of your commercial property. With the right siding, you can ensure your building has an aesthetic appeal, ensure it receives the protection it needs, and actually increase its overall property value. So how do you know what type of siding is best for your commercial property or business? It depends on a number of factors, such as cost, appearance, maintenance requirements, and the style and architecture of your building. As a top-rated siding company, Landmark Roofing and Siding is here to provide you with our expert opinion on the best types of siding for commercial use. As you shop around, here are some options to consider.
In recent years, vinyl siding has become very popular. This is no surprise as it is affordable, easy to install, and a breeze to maintain. Plus, it can last anywhere between 20 and 40 years as long as you keep it in good shape. In addition, vinyl siding comes in just about any style and color you can think of, so you should have no problems finding an option that compliments the other elements of your building.
Just like all types of commercial siding, vinyl siding has some drawbacks to be aware of. The harsh UV rays from the sun can cause it to bulge and crack. High winds can also lead to rattling or lifting. Vinyl siding may puncture as well, especially if strong hail or windblown debris lands on it. However, it is moisture resistant, allowing it to maintain its integrity through our excessive Pacific Northwest rainfall.
James Hardie Commercial Siding
James Hardie is one of the most popular types of commercial siding we work with here at Landmark Roofing and Siding. First and foremost, this siding offers a high level of durability and protection against rot, warp, and extreme weather conditions. Furthermore, James Hardie is known for its endless design options and wide spectrum of colors, which allows commercial property owners to achieve their desired appearance without sacrificing quality.
While there are many benefits, there are a few cons associated with this type of commercial siding. It can be more expensive upfront compared to other siding options, such as vinyl or wood, which can deter property owners who are on a tight budget. However, just as with metal, due to its increased strength and outstanding warranty, it often ends up being cost-effective in the long run. Another drawback is that it requires more maintenance to keep its color looking fresh and polished.
Metal Commercial Siding
Metal siding has been an increasingly popular option for businesses and commercial buildings over the years due to its countless advantages. One of the primary benefits of metal siding is its extreme durability and strength. Since it is made from tough alloys, it can readily withstand harsh weather conditions (think wind, rain, and hail) and remain protected against fire or water damage. This high level of durability ensures that it lasts much longer than other siding materials and with minimal upkeep. Additionally, metal siding is environmentally friendly as it helps to stabilize the temperatures inside your building, radiate the sun’s rays, and keeps your material waste to a minimum.
The drawbacks to metal siding systems are that they are much more expensive than other traditional materials, such as fiber-cement, vinyl, or wood. However, their increased longevity and ease of operation often make up for the expensive upfront costs. Another possible disadvantage is that metal siding is not particularly attractive for some commercial buildings or businesses and is more suitable for industrial-looking buildings. At the same time, it is still possible to achieve an aesthetically pleasing appearance with metal if you shop around.
If you are looking for an alternative to traditional wood siding, fiber-cement siding should be on your radar. It gives off the appearance of wood siding as long as it is painted the proper color. You can also opt for a sheet design, which resembles plywood siding or vertical board siding.
Even though you will need to repaint fiber-cement siding often, it is resistant to weather, moisture, and insect damage. It is also not flammable and strong enough to withstand the most extreme, hurricane-level storms. With proper maintenance, fiber-cement siding may last as long as 50 years. The main drawback, however, is that fiber-cement siding is costly to install and can even break during the installation process.
Aluminum siding is extremely lightweight and eco-friendly as it is made from recycled materials. Compared to vinyl siding and other alternatives, it is less flimsy and more durable, especially when it is coated with a protective layer that prevents corrosion. Aluminum siding is also affordable and may last upward of 30 years if it is maintained well.
Now, let us discuss the disadvantages. This siding option can be quite noisy during rain, hailstorms, or temperature fluctuations. It’s also prone to scratches and dents when it gets hit by hail or heavy objects. In addition, wear and fading are fairly common when it is installed without a protective color coat.
Brick siding is not cheap. In fact, it is one of the most expensive types of siding for commercial buildings. However, it can give your business a high-end look and feel with minimal maintenance. Plus, it will not rot or dent and will retain its color for years to come. If you splurge on brick siding, you will also help the environment as it’s made from clay and shale, which are natural materials. Another advantage of brick siding is the fact that it is resistant to fire and harsh weather conditions. We can not forget the fact that it can easily last over 100 years, so it may be worth the high expense. However, in earthquake prone areas, brick is not the best material.
Wood siding might be a good option if you appreciate the charm of historical properties. It is available in a wide array of styles, textures, and finishes, so you should be able to find the right type for your commercial property. If you go the wood siding route, keep in mind that the installation process can be difficult, and you may notice issues like rotting, insects, splitting, and warping. With proper maintenance, wood siding can last anywhere from 20 to 40 years.
Stucco siding is made of cement, lime, sand, and water. It offers a distinct look that is widely seen in Spanish and Mediterranean architecture. Stucco is an attractive option as it is resistant to fire and pests, incredibly versatile, and requires minimal maintenance.
You may be surprised to learn that it is not uncommon for stucco siding to last well over 50 years. Additionally, it provides some insulation and helps cool your property without using more energy. The greatest drawback of stucco siding, however, is the time-consuming, tedious installation process. It also is not compatible with the design and aesthetics of many commercial buildings here in the Pacific Northwest.
What Type of Commercial Siding Should You Choose?
For commercial applications, we recommend choosing either metal or James Hardie Siding. This is primarily because of their increased durability and longevity, as well as how easy they are to maintain. As a busy business owner or property manager, you do not want to be dealing with frequent repairs or siding issues that disrupt your business operations. You need something sturdy and long-lasting.
Our team of contractors here at Landmark Roofing and Siding have extensive experience working with and installing metal and James Hardie commercial siding. They can provide you with further information on your siding choices and help you decide what is going to be the best fit for your unique property needs. Look to their expertise to help safeguard and maintain your commercial siding system.
How Often Should You Have Your Commercial Siding Cleaned?
Once you choose siding for your commercial property and have it installed, it might be tempting to forget about it. However, it is important to maintain it through routine cleanings. Depending on the type of siding you have, annual cleanings with a professional power washer, soap, or water may do the trick. These cleanings will give your business a refreshed look and protect the lifespan of your siding by eliminating harsh pollutants.
When to Replace Your Commercial Siding
While you can replace your siding at any time, there are some situations that make it a particularly good idea. If you find yourself making frequent siding repairs, it is likely time for a replacement. Loose or fallen-off siding, pest damage, faded colors, warped, cracked, or sagging siding, rotted or crumbling siding, and bubbling or blistered finishes are other signs that your commercial property needs a siding upgrade. Damages and wear and tear aside, you can also replace your siding solely for aesthetic reasons if you want to upgrade the look of your commercial building.