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Home Renovation 101: How Long Does Siding Last?

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When you take a look at any house, you’ll immediately notice its facade. A major part of it is the siding, which not only gives your property a nice appearance, but also protects it from weathering.

Of course, like everything else on your home, there comes a time when the siding has had enough and needs to be either repaired or replaced.

How long does siding last though? When should you repair or replace yours? Keep reading to find out!

How Long Does Siding Last?

We’d like to give you one generic answer here. But the reality is, it really depends on the material and the condition it’s in.

Below are some of the common types of home siding and how long they should last.

Stucco Siding

Stucco is the most popular type of home siding on new homes; 27% of them have it! So we’ll start here.

In general, stucco siding should last you anywhere between 15 to 40 years. But some homeowners have had siding that’s lasted up to 80 years or more!

What’s great about stucco is it’s very durable and low maintenance. However, if your house’s foundation settles, then the siding will crack. This means if you live somewhere with soil that’s high in clay content, it’s not a good choice.

Also, stucco’s on the more expensive side, costing between $9 to $12 per square foot.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl is the second most common type of home siding (25% of new homes have it). This is because like stucco, it’s very durable and low maintenance.

What makes vinyl better than stucco is its resistance to temperatures, wind, moisture, and damage. When it gets dirty, all you have to do is rinse it off.

It also has the added bonus that it can be made to look like wood. So if you like wood siding but don’t want to deal with all the things that come with it, vinyl’s a fantastic alternative.

Another plus when you choose vinyl is it’s good on your wallet. A square foot costs between $3 to $7, so it’s very affordable!

The downside to vinyl is that it can fade and crack after a few decades. However, many manufacturer warranties will be anywhere from 50 years to a limited lifetime, so you just might be covered!

Wood Siding

Wood siding (cedar is used most often) is another popular look. It can last anywhere between 15 to 40 years, with warranties running from 20 to 50 years. It’s a siding that has a longer lifespan.

Wood siding gives your house a classic look, but it does come at a price. Not only is it on the pricier side ($5 to $10 per square foot), but it also takes a lot of maintenance throughout the years for it to look good. You’ll have to repaint and/or reseal it every few years, as well as patch up any holes or cracks that appear.

Wood siding is also very vulnerable to the elements, especially if you haven’t properly sealed it. For example, it can get mold, dry rot, insect infestations, and warping.

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement is a nice alternative to wood, as it’s more durable. It lasts 20 to 40 years and has warranties lasting between 30 to 50 years. This type of siding is resistant to fire, water, and pests like termites.

To maintain its looks, you’ll need to repaint it every 5 to 15 years, depending on where you live. Otherwise, you can just rinse it off with your garden hose whenever it gets dirty.

Aluminum/Steel Siding

An interesting type of home siding that’s gained interest lately is aluminum and steel siding. These metal sidings can last between 30 to 50 years, with warranties of about the same length.

The maintenance level is medium, so you don’t have to do too much work to keep it looking good. All you need to do is clean it yearly with a pressure washer.

The downside of aluminum siding is it’s very easily damaged. And if you need to replace a plank, it can be hard to replace it with one of the same color.

The cost of metal siding is more costly, at $5 to $9 per square foot. However, it’s worth it when you consider the level of maintenance, longevity, and the fact that aluminum is recyclable!

Other Sidings

There are quite a few other types of sidings not mentioned on this list. Here’s a quick rundown of how long they should last you:

  • Brick: over 50 years
  • Natural stone: over 50 years
  • Log: over 50 years
  • Stone veneer: 25 to 40 years
  • Fiberglass: 25 to 40 years

If you’d like to learn more, then take a look at this James Hardie siding comparison.

How to Replace Home Siding

You’ll know when to replace home siding when it doesn’t look so great. But how can you replace it?

While you might be able to handle minor repairs and maintenance on your own, we don’t recommend tackling siding replacement on your own. Siding needs to be properly installed and sealed to ensure that moisture doesn’t get past it. Are you really sure you can do that yourself?

Plus, this is a huge job. You probably don’t have the time to handle it, and even if you did, you still might have to take some time off of work to make it happen.

It’s best to leave siding replacement up to the pros to save on both time and money!

Keep Your Home Looking Good and Safe

So how long does siding last? Well, it depends on the material. While materials like brick, natural stone, log, and even stucco can last you over 50 years, most last just a few decades, even with good maintenance.

What’s important is that if your home siding doesn’t look great, you call in the professionals. They’ll be able to inspect your siding and replace it promptly if needed.

Need more home improvement advice? Then check out our other posts now!

 

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