Siding Material Life Spans Ranked from Shortest to Longest

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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, in order to gauge which one’s the best choice for you home. There are various siding types out there and each of them has its own life span. 

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    In this post, Woodbridge Home Exteriors 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 actually 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 and 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 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:
    Vinyl siding is a popular choice when it comes to your home’s cladding and actually lasts much longer than expected. With no effort or cleaning, it’s expected to last you about 60 years but with meticulous care and maintenance, you can expect your vinyl siding to last up to 100 years.

    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 actually predict that a properly installed and cared for Fiber Cement siding should be able to last you 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

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