How Long Does Siding on a House Last?
If you’re a homeowner with brand new siding, chances are good that you’re the envy of your neighborhood. While you are basking in all the benefits of that new siding —beauty, protection, energy efficiency—you might be wondering: just how long does siding on a house last?
Think of new siding like a facelift for your house. It completely freshens up the exterior of your house, and now, you want to make sure that investment lasts a really long time.
The good news is: when properly installed and regularly maintained, new siding on a home can last for decades.
There are, however, factors that affect the longevity of the siding on your house.
How long does siding on a house last? 5 factors to consider
When it comes to siding, proper installation is everything. Even the best siding will not perform correctly if the installation is subpar. That’s why it’s critical to work with the right contractor from the beginning.
When you go with a team of siding professionals who have the required experience, certifications, licenses, and insurance, you can trust that your new siding was installed correctly and will perform properly.
Wood is the most demanding, high-maintenance siding material, while aluminum siding tends to show nicks and dings easily and fades over time.
Vinyl siding is the most popular and versatile option, and withstands a variety of weather conditions. In fact, vinyl siding can last from 60 to 100 years, depending on how well it is maintained.
Long Siding offers high-quality, durable insulated vinyl siding that has a longer life span, requires minimal maintenance, and offers excellent performance.
“In the end, the expected lifespan of siding largely depends on an assortment of variables, but of them all, nothing matters more than your choice of material,” notes BobVila.com.
3. Weather/storm damage
Hot, sunny summers, freeze-thaw cycles in winter, thunder, wind, and hail in the spring, and severe storms in the fall—your home’s siding is susceptible to year-round weather attacks that can leave any siding material damaged over the long term.
“Also remember that heat expands and cold contracts,” wrote St. Clair builder and home inspector Mitchell Kuffa Jr. in the Times-Herald. “Vinyl siding is intentionally installed loose to compensate for its sensitivity to temperatures.”
Long Siding’s insulated vinyl siding not only stands up to extreme weather, it also has high-density insulation that bonds to the siding panel and creates an integrated system that provides year-round comfort.
While it may be unavoidable, where you live can affect the overall performance of your siding.
“The climate of your city will play a big factor in which kind of siding you should choose for your home,” professional contractor and television host Mike Holmes told Canada’s National Post.
“What works in a hot climate may not work well in a wet humid area, and vice-versa.” Holmes points out that stucco is a great option for dry climates, but not so great for humid ones. Insulated vinyl, meanwhile, is a great choice for colder parts of the country because it protects against rain, wind, and snow.
Choosing a siding that is low-maintenance can extend the life of your siding and give you the best value for your money. Vinyl siding can go months without needing to be cleaned. To extend its life span even further, HomeAdvisor recommends power washing your vinyl siding before or after summer.
Even with minimal upkeep, it’s a good idea to inspect your vinyl siding regularly for any loose or cracked siding panels and call an expert immediately to head off any further damage.
Maintenance extends beyond your siding. It’s also important to check your gutters regularly. Clogged up gutters can cause rainwater to spill over the sides of the house, and can lead to water damage on the siding. Over time, water can penetrate any cracks in the siding, causing significant deterioration to your home.
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