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by Matt Goering

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Aluminum siding in Denver is one of multiple options you have to cover your Mile High City home. In fact, for years, aluminum siding was the premium siding alternative along the Front Range. That has changed some of late, as vinyl siding and fiber cement (also known as hardie board siding) have become more popular across the metro area. Still, aluminum siding in Denver remains a popular choice for Denverites looking for a quality product to adorn their home.

The Benefits of Aluminum Siding in Denver
Let's start out on the high ground and talk about why Denver aluminum siding is an excellent way to go if you're looking for a material to protect your home from Denver's unique combination of weather. Aluminum has several primary selling points: it doesn't rot, it won't succumb to damage from extended exposure to sunlight, it stands up well to temperature extremes, and it won't rust or crack as it ages. Now consider those qualities in terms of the climate in Denver.

  • Rot, water damage, and rust aren't huge issues with Denver homes because the climate along the Front Range is a semi-arid one. If you're prone to putting off painting wood or fiberboard siding for years on end, however, it can still be a problem, especially down along the base of your home where large accumulations of snow can cause moisture related problems. With aluminum siding, however, this will never be a problem. The other place water can cause problems is with galvanized steel siding. As long as it's covered in a protective coating, steel siding is second to none. Scratch off some of that coating with the lawn mower, for instance, and unless you keep a bucket of paint and a small paintbrush handy to cover up blemishes, you'll see rust before you know it. With aluminum, rust will never be an issue, even if you don't break out your touch up kit.

  • Sun damage and aluminum siding in Denver is something every Denverite should pay close attention to. Denver gets 300 days of sunlight a year, a fact that is complicated by its elevation of 5,280 feet above sea level. That many days of sunlight can do a number on any siding, but when you factor in the thin air, which lets more damaging UV rays through than at lower elevations, you've got a combination that can just plain do many siding materials in. Wood siding can dry out, crack, and split (not to mention the multiple paint jobs it's going to need), and vinyl can fade and grow brittle in such environments. Aluminum siding, on the other hand, is impervious to sun damage. You may experience some fading in color over the years, though unlike vinyl siding, you can re-paint Denver aluminum siding when the time comes. Furthermore, many new lines of aluminum siding are treated with color coatings that include UV blockers and other additives that fight that effect and extend the life of your aluminum siding in Denver.

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  • Denver aluminum siding stands up to temperature extremes better than many other siding materials. Vinyl siding, in particular, is known to grow brittle in the face of extreme temperatures. In a place like Denver where the mercury can hit well over 100 degrees in the summertime and drop to more than 20 below zero in the winter, this should be a big concern for Front Range homeowners. Aluminum siding, on the other hand, performs just as well at both ends of the spectrum, making it an excellent choice for our Rocky Mountain extremes.

Make sure Denver Aluminum Siding is right for You
While aluminum has many benefits in Denver and the rest of the metro area, it also has one significant drawback: aluminum dents and shows impacts easier than other siding materials. In some areas that's not a concern, and even with Denver aluminum siding you have a good chance of your siding lasting a lifetime without incurring any serious damage. On the downside, it only takes one major hailstorm to pockmark an entire wall of aluminum siding. It will still perform as well as ever, but it just won't look as nice as before the thunderstorm moved through. Hailstorms aren't common occurrences along the Front Range, but isolated ones can be severe, so you should definitely keep that in mind. In that regard, fiber cement siding and vinyl siding are probably worth looking at as well, especially if you live on the eastern edges of the metro area where thunderstorms have a chance to build up a little more steam and hail is more likely during the spring and summer. If you choose another material, make sure you do your research. If not, you can rest easy knowing that on almost every front, aluminum siding is a perfect fit in the Mile High City.

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