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.

The lifespan of siding can vary depending on the material, quality, and climate. Here are some general estimates:

  • Vinyl siding: 20-40 years
  • Wood siding: 20-40 years
  • Aluminum siding: 20-40 years
  • Fiber cement siding: 50+ years

It’s important to note that these are just estimates, and the actual lifespan of your siding may be shorter or longer. If you live in a harsh climate, you may need to replace your siding more often.

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.

Types of Vinyl Siding

Aluminum Siding

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.

close-up of aluminum siding

Wood Siding

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.

close-up of wood siding

Steel Siding

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.

close-up of steel siding

Stucco Siding

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.

close-up of stucco siding

Vinyl Siding

Commonly selected for its durability and cost-effectiveness, vinyl siding is a popular choice for home exteriors. Its impressive lifespan, typically spanning from 20 to 40 years, hinges on factors like local climate conditions and regular maintenance. Often surpassing expectations, vinyl siding presents an attractive alternative to more high-maintenance options such as wood, boasting an economical and low-maintenance nature. However, like all construction materials, it’s important to remember that vinyl siding isn’t invincible, necessitating replacement or repair as the years roll on. 

close-up of vinyl siding

Fiber Cement

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.

stack of fiber cement siding

Contact Us

We have provided home improvement services to Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas residents since 1989.  If you are ready to replace your vinyl siding, we can help! We are among the best siding contractors in the area. If you are ready to replace your siding, contact us today to schedule your free estimate.