In comparison to vinyl siding, steel is very energy-heavy to create and isn’t renewable resource. Luckily, it can be recycled, so old siding can be reused unlike vinyl siding. From a consumer perspective, steel siding is a very resilient material meant to last decades. This helps offset the relatively high cost of this type of siding because it generally outlasts the others. Steel isn’t flammable and won’t rot or breakdown easily either.
Steel siding has a tendency to weight quite a bit compared to it’s vinyl counterpart. Both the building and the installers need to be able to hold up and handle the material safely. In addition, it doesn’t insulate the home at all, making it a poor choice for older, less insulated homes. However, steel siding is very easy to maintain which, coupled with it’s lasting appeal, makes it a great choice for consumers.