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There are different types of siding.  Without a doubt the most popular and most ubiquitous being vinyl.  Spend time in most any subdivision in America, and you will see it protecting almost every home on the block.  And it’s popular for a good reason: it’s cheap, it’s available in multiple colors, and it’s easy to repair.  But there are other types of siding that have great benefits for the home.  The two types that we will examine here today are fiber cement and steel.  Obviously there are other choices, natural materials such as wood, brick, stucco, and stone, and, while these have benefits, natural materials are not always as practical for the common homeowner.

Fiber cement siding has been a popular choice for decades.  Its benefits being similar to that of vinyl: easy maintenance, and low cost.  Fiber cement is also mostly impervious to termites, and its resistant to damage from fire.  Fiber cement can be purchased to look like natural materials such as stucco or wood.  It’s not a new building material, but today’s modern homeowner can choose from many different styles.   

Steel Siding

Steel siding is a beautiful, albeit more expensive, material option to use on your home.  Steel siding can be built to look like most any natural material.  Steel siding is also more durable than most other materials.  Steel siding is not vulnerable to extreme heat or cold.  It wont shift, expanding and contracting with changes in climate like vinyl.  Also, most other siding options have apparent seams where the panels connect, and steel siding can also be made to look seamless.  Quality steel siding could continue to look beautiful on the home for thirty years or more.  But a long lasting product is the result of a quality installation.   

While all materials have some variation in quality and durability, one thing that should never be compromised on is the quality of the contractor hired to put it on your home.  A quality contractor can make the best of the materials.   

If you are looking for a quality contractor or Billings Best Contractor, please contact Bruce Tall Construction today!

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Steel Buildings

The Montana countryside is full of barns. Ranch-style barns are an icon of the American West. Some of the barns you’ll see on the landscape were erected a century ago. Most barns are erected in two different styles: pole barns and steel reinforced barns. Pole barns are traditional structures in which poles are buried in the ground and used as supports for the roof. This type of construction is simple, although it’s definitely not a rugged, durable form of construction—but pole barns will continue to stand, with luck, for decades to come. Steel constructed barns, which give the appearance of pole barns, but with the added bonus of being truly durable, should continue to stand the test of time for the next century.

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There’s a few differences in the construction of both pole barns and steel-reinforced barns. Steel reinforced barns are constructed using steel columns that attach to a concrete foundation. Because of modern machinery, this makes the construction of the barn’s frame a quick process—quicker then a pole barn’s construction. The speed with which a steel reinforced barn can be built also makes the construction costs for the steel reinforced barn much cheaper. The steel barn frame is also highly weather resistant and resistant to mold. There’s no need for maintenance to the steel barn construction, and painting is not needed.

Steel barn frames are more expensive to build. It’s the upfront costs. Pole barns are less money to initially build, however there are other costs to consider for the life of the barn. A pole barns will need maintenance at some point in it’s life.   Steel reinforced barns also may not last as long as the steel reinforced barn, so there could be replacements costs, depending on the initial quality of the construction of the pole barn.

Steel reinforced barns are also much better for livestock. Pole barns can develop unsanitary conditions for the animal due to the style of the barn’s construction. A steel reinforced barn is a much better choice when the barn is to be used to house animals.

Please contact Bruce Tall Construction for all of your steel frame needs as well as your roofing and all of your construction needs.