Q: What are the pros and cons of aluminum siding?

— Kathie, Richmond, Virginia

A: Tom Silva replies: One of the benefits of aluminum siding is that it generally requires less maintenance. It holds paint very well, so you don't have to worry about repainting it often. However, you do have to prep it carefully first — you'll have a lot of problems if you don't.

On the other hand, one of the drawbacks of aluminum is that it dents fairly easily. So whether you bang on it, a rock flies against it, or you drop your ladder against it as you're painting, you can end up with dents.
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