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by Matt Goering

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Your average siding material, be it aluminum, wood plank, vinyl, or fiber cement, comes in 12 foot lengths. That might seem like a pretty lengthy piece of siding to the average homeowner, but when you take into account the size of an average home in Greater Boston, you're looking at somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 splices to get everything covered the way it needs to be, and each one of those splices and pieces of siding increases the chances that moisture, wind, ice, and other elements will be able to penetrate and damage your siding and your home. Seamless metal siding in Boston eliminates splicing since each piece is cut on site to custom fit your home's pre-existing measurements. Of course, even if you don't choose seamless steel siding, Boston metal siding of any sort is an excellent choice to protect your home from the rigors of Boston's harsh climate.

Boston Metal Siding and the Weather in Beantown
Few climates pack as much of a punch, or as much variety, as Boston's. Storms roll in from up north, out at sea, and roll up the coast, and they bring with them snow, ice, rain, fog, and high winds. Throw the corrosive effects of salt into the mix, and you've got a concoction of climatologic factors that makes siding manufacturers and installers across the country cringe. In fact, it wasn't so long ago that the Hub's climate was the perfect storm when it came to doing in metal siding in Boston. Not the case anymore. These days, you'll be hard pressed to find a siding material on the market that out shines metal for siding Bostonian homes, especially if you've got the means to go seamless.

The Baked-On Revolution and Metal Siding in Boston
It was the introduction of baked-on coatings that turned the tide of rust and frustration in the metal siding industry. Prior to that, metal siding was painted. It was a good solution, until you scraped the paint off with mower, a Nor'easter blew down a heavy tree branch that left a scratch on your siding, or the ladder slipped while you painted the gutters. Once bare metal was exposed, it was just a matter of time until the rust began to form. With baked on coatings, however, those scenarios are rarely a problem anymore. You can still scrape the coating off, but it doesn't happen easily. Metal siding now has to sustain a serious blow for the steel underneath to show through.

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Metal Siding in Boston and Performance
With rust more or less out of the equation, metal siding in Boston becomes an excellent option for Boston homes. For starters, it's tough as nails, since they're made out of the same thing: steel. And since steel generally comes in thicker gauges than aluminum or vinyl, it's more resistant to impacts and damaging weather events than those other two products. Steel is also structurally very solid, making it a great choice for older homes that need siding (of which Boston has many, since the city has been around for several hundred years). Vinyl, fiber cement, aluminum, and even wood siding flex and bend, creating aesthetic problems when installed on homes built before squares and levels were standard issue on building sites. Steel, on the other hand, tends to hide those irregularities and creates a more uniform, attractive surface for older homes.

Seamless Metal Siding in Boston
As mentioned before, the only way to improve on metal siding in Boston is to install seamless metal siding in Boston. Seamless metal siding is preferred because it eliminates all those splices and gaps in the material, and drastically cuts down on the number of pieces of siding you have to install to cover a home. That might seem trivial at first, but when you think about Boston's bitter cold winters, 40+ inches of annual precipitation, and high humidity, you start to see how much of an advantage seamless metal siding in Boston has. Every one of those seams in traditional siding is a place where moisture can permeate your home's defenses. Once it gets into, and behind, the siding, there's no telling how much damage it can cause. Freezing and thawing, as well as wind, can loosen individual pieces of siding, while water that gets in behind the siding can cause rot, mold, and fungus, all of which are homeowner nightmares. With seamless metal siding, however, these concerns cease to be an issue.

For a near perfect siding material for Boston homes, you owe it to yourself to look into the benefits of steel siding in Beantown.

Matt Goering, formerly a carpenter and house painter, is a freelance writer for the home improvement industry who has published over 600 articles.