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How Long Does Siding Last?

You may be wondering how long the siding on your home will last you. Perhaps you purchased a new home and are curious about the durability of your siding.  Or, you may be considering having new siding installed and are weighing your options.

Siding, if properly cared for, can have a long lifespan. In general, siding lasts from 20 to over 50 years, depending on the material of the siding.

Siding lifespans vary greatly by material, but also by the quality of the material and when it was made. Other factors include the quality or accuracy of the installation process, weather conditions, and exposure to harsh climates. That’s the reason there is such a wide range in some of these estimates. 

How Long Does Vinyl Siding Last?

Vinyl siding is a popular choice for many homeowners due to its affordability and low maintenance requirements. On average, high-quality vinyl siding can last anywhere from 20 to 40 years. Proper installation and regular cleaning can help extend its lifespan. 

Older vinyl siding does not have the same chemical composition as newer siding, making them difficult to compare, despite both being vinyl.  Advancements in vinyl technology have led to more durable and weather-resistant options, further prolonging its longevity. Yesterday’s vinyl siding may last half as long as the products that are being produced today. Fading is a big factor in the lifespan of vinyl siding, although vinyl siding can still be effective even after it has faded.

Learn more about CertainTeed’s insulated vinyl siding.

How Long Does Fiber Cement Siding Last?

Fiber cement siding, composed of a mixture of cement, sand, and cellulose fibers, offers exceptional durability and resistance to rot, insects, and fire. With proper maintenance, fiber cement siding can last upwards of 50 years or more. Its ability to withstand harsh weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold, makes it a popular choice for homeowners seeking long-lasting siding solutions. 

With its 30 to 50-year warranties, James Hardie’s fiber cement siding is the perfect answer for those looking for a non-vinyl alternative. If you purchase pre-painted Hardie board with ColorPlus® Technology, the color is guaranteed not to fade for 15 years. Like vinyl siding, fading doesn’t affect the performance of the siding, although you may wish to replace the siding or have it repainted. 

How Long Does Wood Siding Last?

Wood siding exudes natural beauty and charm, adding character to any home. Cedar and redwood are among the most popular choices for wood siding due to their natural resistance to decay and insects. However, wood siding requires regular maintenance, including painting or staining and sealing, to protect it from moisture and prolong its lifespan. With proper care, wood siding can last anywhere from 20 to 40 years.

How Long Does Aluminum Siding Last?

Aluminum siding was once a popular choice for homeowners seeking a low-maintenance siding option beyond wood or cedar. While it offers excellent resistance to rust and insects, aluminum siding is prone to dents and scratches, particularly in high-impact areas. With proper care and maintenance, aluminum siding can last approximately 30 years. However, advancements in siding technology have led many homeowners to opt for more durable and aesthetically pleasing alternatives.

Both Hardie board and CertainTeed’s insulated vinyl siding perform better than aluminum siding in terms of insulation, and durability, making aluminum siding obsolete in many cases. 

Choosing the Right Siding For You

When choosing siding for your home, it’s essential to consider factors such as durability, maintenance, and aesthetics before you make a final decision. While each siding material has its pros and cons, investing in high-quality siding, regardless of the type, will significantly impact its lifespan. 

Hiring a certified siding installation contractor is also a key element to ensuring a long life for your siding.   Volpe Enterprises is a 5-star CertainTeed contractor, and a James Hardie Preferred contractor. Let us give you a quote on your siding today. 

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