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February 6, 2014

Caring for Metal Siding

When people choose metal for the siding of their post-frame building, they are choosing a sturdy and durable material. However, metal siding can still be damaged, sometimes quite easily, and if you want your pole barn building to look its best follow some tips to keep the metal from being dented, dinged and damaged.
 
Ladders – Always be careful when using a ladder on metal siding. It is very easy to dent the siding of your pole barn by placing a heavy ladder against the siding without any buffer. Most builders use scaffold when constructing a pole barn and it is very dangerous to use a ladder against metal and aluminum siding. Avoid using ladders and if you do have to use a ladder, configure it so it doesn't scratch or dent the siding.
 
Rusting – Exposure to the elements and time can cause metal siding to rust. Heavy rains, intense UV sunlight and wind can take a toll on metal and you may want to use products such as rust-resistant compounds to protect the metal from nature. 
 
Insulation – It's no secret that metal and steel don't provide the best insulation. Owners of metal pole barns have also complained about outside noises easily seeping into the post-frame building. If you are using metal or aluminum for your pole barn siding, take the time to insulate the walls thoroughly to keep the environment comfortable.



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