When you make the decision to re-side your home, you want your siding to not only look nice, but you want it to last. It is the protective shell for a large portion of the home, and you want it to last as long as possible. However, the average life expectancy of your siding depends on the materials that it is made of.
Life Expectancy of Siding
When you have chosen to re-side your home, you have four primary options — some more viable than others depending on the climate of the area you live in. These include:
Each have several benefits, disadvantages, and has its own specific lifespan.
Vinyl is the longest-lasting and often the most flexible of siding options. Made of plastic, it is durable, impervious to rot, and can withstand some impact. You also have a lot of color options as well. The best part is that it often lasts 40 years or more.
Stucco has a good look but doesn't last very long. It is fire resistant and a good insulator, but you typically only see it used in hotter climates. Stucco has a general life expectancy of 20 years and may require any cracking to be patched.
Aluminum is notorious for being lightweight and affordable. However, it is not very sturdy when it comes to impact. If a panel is dented, then it needs to be replaced. If aluminum is kept coated with a protective finish, it can last between 20 to 30 years.
Wood siding provides a very rustic look, but it comes with all the problems of wood. Homeowners need to be very diligent at keeping the wood coated with protective paint every five years to prevent water damage and wood rot. If diligent enough with this, it can last around 30 years.