If you need new siding for your house, think about the long-term durability of your options. Inexpensive siding may end up costing more over time because you have to replace it more frequently. In this guide, we’ll explore different types of siding and see which siding lasts the longest.
Types of Siding and How Long They Last
There are many factors that determine how long siding lasts. Thus it is difficult to approximate how long a certain type of siding will last on your home. Is the house subject to heavy sun exposure? Are you in a stormy climate with high winds? Do you plan to paint, stain, power wash, or do other steps to maintain the siding? These are all questions to keep in mind when selecting a siding material.
Here are some average lifespans for popular siding materials:
- Vinyl Siding: 60+ years (warranties last between 20-40 years)
- Fiber Cement Siding: 50+ years
- Stucco Siding: 50-80 years, depending on how it is backed
- Metal Siding: Up to 40 years
- Wood Siding: 20-40 years
Again, these timeframes can vary significantly. Some siding manufacturers are more reliable than others. Some siding comes with a longer warranty than others. Installation, material thickness, climate and other elements will influence how long siding lasts. At McLean Roofing and Siding, we use top-quality materials for all siding installations. We also go over warranty information with you to ensure you get the right product for your unique needs. Give us a call at (248) 524-1111 to arrange a siding consultation.
Maintenance Makes a Big Difference in Siding Durability
If you want your siding to last as long as possible, you need to maintain it properly. Each siding material has its own maintenance requirements. Make note of that when selecting replacement siding for your home. For a product like vinyl siding, you simply need to wash the siding off on occasion to remove dirt and debris. For a more vulnerable product like wood siding, You will need to paint, stain or seal it every few years to properly preserve it. This will add to the cost of the siding and may change its overall affordability.
How to Choose the Best Siding for Your Home
When it comes to choosing new siding for your home, think about the short-term costs, long-term costs, durability, maintenance, and aesthetics. Also consider the climate in your area, the orientation of your home, and any issues you’ve had with your existing siding. You can find a siding material with the right balance of all those factors. It’s just a matter of being educated and exploring all your options.
The team here at McLean Roofing and Siding would be happy to guide you through the selection process. We know the pros and cons of each siding material and which siding lasts the longest in your area. We are happy to educate our clients about their options so they can select the ideal choice for their home. Contact us at (248) 524-1111 to reach an experience siding contractor near you.