Gentek PermaFinish Steel Siding Vs. Fiber-Cement


Few building materials play such a key role in your home as siding. It protects your house against the harshest elements and is an important factor in your home’s appearance, architectural character, and value.

You have several choices of siding materials to choose from. Today we’re looking at the merits of steel siding versus fiber-reinforced cement siding (FRC). Gentek proudly offers a full line of Steel Siding and considers it the superior siding choice versus FRC.

Fiber-Reinforced Cement

Fiber-cement siding is made from a mixture of wood fibers, Portland cement, clay, and sand. It offers rugged durability, low maintenance, and weather-resistance. Because it’s made from a liquid cementitious mixture, it can be molded to closely resemble painted wood, stucco, or masonry. It’s also termite-proof, fire-resistant, and doesn’t rot.

On the downside, fiber-cement materials are heavy and require more maintenance. Installation requires specialty tools and techniques, adding to labour costs. Because FRC contains respirable crystalline silica, dust masks are recommended for installation or handling.

Gentek Steel Siding

Two of the world’s best performing materials come together in Gentek Steel Siding.  The high-performance Galvalume® AZ-50 steel with Kynar® PVDF coating technology delivers on every promise for enduring beauty, impressive strength, uniform quality and a markedly refined appearance for your home. Each pretreated galvanized steel panel is virtually “weather-sealed,” requires no caulk and never needs to be painted.

No other steel coating system resists the challenges of nature and time like those based on Kynar resins.  Protecting and preserving the steel core, the Kynar PVDF coating provides a luxurious, low-gloss colour that resists scratches, fading, chipping and more.

Unlike fiber cement that may require periodic re-caulking and repainting, just a simple rinse with a garden hose will remove most dust and dirt to restore the like-new beauty of PermaFinish Steel Siding.

PermaFinish Steel Siding offers natural-looking wood textures that achieve the upscale beauty of freshly painted wood without the maintenance. A rich palette of colours mimics nature’s beauty.

To top it all off, Gentek offers an industry-leading lifetime limited, non-prorated, transferable warranty.