Metal Siding vs. Traditional Siding Materials: A Detailed Comparison

Choosing the right siding material is crucial for both aesthetics and functionality when building or renovating a property. Metal siding has gained popularity due to its durability, aesthetic versatility, and low maintenance. However, traditional siding materials tend to be the choice of many builders without considering the vast benefits of metal siding. This blog compares these metal siding options to traditional materials like wood, vinyl, and fiber cement.

Traditional Siding Materials

The three most common types of traditional siding materials are wood, vinyl, and fiber cement (also known as hardi plank). Depending on the construction project, a builder may choose one material over another. 

Wood Siding

Wood siding provides a natural, classic look that many homeowners find appealing. While wood offers a classic look and can be quite beautiful, it requires regular maintenance such as painting, staining, and sealing. Wood is also susceptible to rot, pests, and moisture damage. Metal siding, on the other hand, offers a similar aesthetic with board & batten panels but without the high maintenance or vulnerability to environmental factors.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is generally less expensive than metal siding, both in terms of material cost and installation. This makes it a popular choice for budget-conscious projects. Vinyl is also known for being low maintenance. However, it can crack and fade over time, especially under extreme weather conditions. Metal siding is more durable and offers better long-term color retention and resistance to cracking.

Fiber Cement

Fiber cement is also more durable than wood and vinyl and is resistant to fire, termites, rot, and water damage. Fiber cement can also mimic the look of wood or stone. However, it is heavier, often requiring more structural support and can be more expensive to install than metal siding. Metal panels are lighter and typically offer a quicker, more straightforward installation process.

Metal Siding Options at Watson Metals

Watson Metals is the leading provider of metal siding in Tennessee and Kentucky. We carry metal siding panel options to fit a wide variety of construction projects. Each style of metal siding has its own unique aesthetic and benefit for construction. 

Tuff Rib

Tuff Rib panels are versatile and economical, making them suitable for both roofing and siding. Their trapezoidal rib design adds rigidity and strength, ideal for both residential and agricultural buildings.

PBR Panels

Purlin Bearing Rib (or PBR panels) are robust, with a larger rib that provides extra strength and durability. These panels are commonly used in commercial and industrial applications, where performance under extreme conditions is necessary.

Wave Panels

Offering a unique visual appeal with a wavy pattern, wave panels are used in architectural applications where design is a key consideration. They provide a distinctive look without compromising on the durability metal siding is known for.

Board & Batten

This type of metal siding mimics the look of traditional wood board and batten but with far greater longevity and minimal maintenance. Our metal board and batten siding is an excellent choice for achieving a rustic or classic aesthetic with the benefits of modern materials.

Why Choose Metal Siding from Watson Metals

Choosing metal siding from Watson Metals provides significant advantages:

  • Longevity: Metal siding typically lasts much longer than wood, vinyl, or fiber cement, with minimal upkeep.
  • Energy Efficiency: Metal siding reflects heat and can be insulated, reducing heating and cooling costs.
  • Aesthetic Flexibility: With various styles and finishes available, metal siding can suit any architectural design from traditional to modern.


Metal siding offers a compelling array of benefits over traditional siding materials, combining durability, aesthetic diversity, and cost-effectiveness. Whether you’re building a new home or a commercial construction project, the metal siding options at Watson Metals provide a superior alternative to traditional materials. 

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Aaron Sackett

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