A Dream Home made with the Strength of Steel

The Ernst Family Home Transformation 

For Ben and Erica Ernst, who were recently married, beginning a new life together meant creating the home of their dreams. 

The Sidney, Ohio house they purchased lacked curb appeal and was in need of significant maintenance. The dated aluminum siding installed on the home exterior had been repainted several times and was chipping.  What's more, its ability to stand up to extreme weather conditions was uncertain. 

Living in a Midwestern state that is susceptible to heavy snowfall, hail and unpredictable storms, the home needed a strong cladding solution before the winter season – one that would keep the Ernsts safe and comfortable, and remain intact with little upkeep. 

The answer? Ply Gem’s Steel Siding Collection – a product designed to stand up to harsh weather conditions, while upholding its beauty. Made from 100 percent recyclable galvanized steel, the collection boasts incredible physical resilience and offers one of the industry’s broadest color selections and style profiles.  


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Ply Gem’s innovative silicon modified polyester coating and linear emboss woodgrain pattern also provide superior texture and color retention, so homeowners don’t have to worry about the extra maintenance that comes with painting or caulking other siding products such as fiber cement.

Since they were unfamiliar with steel siding, Ben and Erica had many questions prior to installation. “We were both a little nervous about picking the right product for our home, but Ply Gem did an outstanding job educating us on the product’s benefits.” 

For example, Ben thought steel siding might dent or damage easily – a common misconception of those remodeling their homes for the first time. Among experts in the building products industry, steel siding is actually considered one of the strongest cladding materials on the market. The product is also fire resistant. 

“I feel more protected from hail storms and extreme weather with Ply Gem Steel Siding,” said Ben. “Just the other night there was a thunderstorm with extremely heavy winds, and the next day, the siding looked completely untouched.”

The installation process is also incredibly easy as a result of the product’s standard fit sizes and color-matching options. For contractors, previous experience working with steel is unnecessary – the installation tools required don’t differ from other cladding materials. There’s also no need to remove the old siding, which saves time and labor. 

“We were able to seamlessly connect the steel panels on top of the existing siding. The color-matching also made it easy to put together the steel panels with the trim, fascia, window surrounds, and down spouts,” said Ron Moody, product manager of Ply Gem Steel Siding, who was part of the crew that installed the siding on the Ernst’s home. 




Soon after the two-day installation process, neighbors began to ask the Ernsts about the makeover.  The dark grey steel siding and white trim took their home to a new level of stylish curb appeal that they never imagined was attainable.  

“The texture of the siding gives the home a refined, sophisticated design. It looks better than any other siding product I could have chosen – and I never need to paint it,” added Ben. “I would recommend Ply Gem Steel Siding to any of my friends or neighbors.”

The Ply Gem Steel Siding Collection is backed by an industry leading limited lifetime warranty (50-year hail and 35-year color fade), and can be ordered through a vast network of distributors. For more information and to find a distribution location in your area, call 888-9PLYGEM.




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