If you’re thinking of replacing the siding on your home, you might wonder how long you can expect it to last. Learn the typical lifespan of siding materials, plus ways to maintain them in this post.
On average, vinyl siding lasts anywhere from 20 to 40 years. This siding may fade or crack over time, so expect to put in maintenance if this is what you choose.
Fiber cement siding generally comes with a 30-year warranty. However, if you keep up with maintenance, that siding might last for 50 years or more.
Wood siding tends to last 20 to 40 years. If you maintain the surface by patching cracks and repainting as needed, you may be able to get more out of the siding.
Steel siding is strong and naturally resists dents dings and scratches. The color won’t fade over time, which reduces maintenance. An average homeowner can expect steel siding to last for at least 50 years.
Aluminum is softer than steel, so it doesn’t have the same long life span. Generally, aluminum siding will last 20 to 40 years.
Stucco siding lasts anywhere from 50 to 80 years, depending on how it was installed. When stucco is installed over cement blocks, it lasts longer. When it is installed on backer board, it comes closer to the lower end of this estimate.
With any type of siding, maintenance is key to extending the life span of the surface. Investing in maintenance reduces your overall costs because you won’t need to replace siding prematurely. If you have vinyl siding, the team at Brandstetter’s KangaRoof can help you maximize its lifespan.
We recommend cleaning vinyl siding annually with a garden hose instead of a pressure washer, which can damage the siding. Clean with a 30 percent white vinegar and water solution.
As you clean the siding, check things out. Look for cracks or damaged areas that need attention. Also notice any pits, dents, or melted areas of the siding. Melting can occur if you barbecue too close to the house, as the high heat of the grill can warp siding. Any damaged areas should be treated immediately to protect the integrity of your vinyl siding.