Siding Material Life Spans Ranked from Shortest to Longest
Your home’s siding is a significant investment; after all, it’s what protects your home’s exterior from the elements. So there’s no doubt you’d want to know how long a siding material lasts before you start a siding installation project to gauge which one’s the best choice for your home. There are various siding types out there and each of them has its own life span.
In this post, Woodbridge Home Solutions ranks the various siding materials according to average life spans, from shortest to longest.
Compared to other siding materials, Aluminum siding is the most inexpensive and durable. However, it has one of the shortest service lives before needing to be completely replaced, with a longevity range of 20 to 40 years.
Wood siding is tied with Aluminum siding in terms of life span, lasting 20 to 40 years, as well. But siding companies say it is possible to extend this with meticulous maintenance and various factors such as the wood type, the location of your home, paint, caulking, etc.
Despite its significant expense, this is one of the most commonly used house siding materials due to its durability. A properly installed steel siding is projected to have a life expectancy of 40 years or more if properly taken care of.
In siding installation, there are two ways you can install stucco: over a backer board on a wood frame wall, which would last 50 to 60 years, and over the concrete block, which is estimated to last 60 to 80 years. However, both estimates are based on three regular maintenance projects that involve repainting and re-caulking. In other words, you need to take care of it.
Vinyl siding is a popular choice for your home’s cladding and lasts much longer than expected. With no effort or cleaning, it’s expected to last about 60 years, but with meticulous care and maintenance, you can expect your vinyl siding to last up to 100 years.
Catching up to vinyl siding in terms of popularity is fiber cement due to its attractive, durable, low maintenance, and inexpensive cost. Various associations predict that properly installed and cared for Fiber Cement siding should last more than 100 years. With a life span like that, you’ll never have to get it replaced in your lifetime ever again.