When shopping for new or replacement siding, there are many factors to consider, including style, cost, installation and maintenance. One important aspect to keep in mind is the life expectancy of the various products on the market. After all, cheap siding won’t be so affordable if it has to be replaced in just a few years. Here in the Kansas City area, you need a durable product that can withstand harsh weather conditions, rain, and temperature conditions. Here’s an overview of how long the major siding types can be expected to last.
Brick and natural stone are low-maintenance and can be expected to last for more than 100 years. However, the cost of materials and installation make them an uncommon choice for siding replacement. Veneers will generally not last as long, but they still have a respectable lifespan. Stucco is another long-lasting siding choice, because with proper maintenance it can last approximately 50 years. However, stucco can be susceptible to rot and moisture, particularly if it’s been painted.
Wood siding can last even longer than comparable synthetic materials – even 100 years or longer. However, it’s expensive and high-maintenance. Wood siding must be sanded and scraped to remove mold or mildew, then be re-stained or painted every 3 – 5 years, all of which can cost thousands of dollars. Wood isn’t a popular choice for siding replacement, because of the extensive labor involved with removing all the existing materials. In addition, species such as fir and pine are not moisture-resistant, leaving them susceptible to rot.
For a durable, fire-resistant, low-maintenance option, fiber-cement siding is a great choice. Products like those from James Hardie resist termites, weather, impacts, rot, and ultraviolet rays, so you can easily expect them to last for the lifetime of your home. Made from some combination of clay, Portland cement, wood fibers, and sand, this siding offers the strength and durability of concrete, with the ability to be molded to look like masonry, stucco or wood that’s been painted. There’s very little maintenance required to keep fiber-cement siding looking good, other than a refinish about every 15 years.
One of the cheapest siding products to install, vinyl products of today last much longer than those in years past. It resists rot, insects, temperature changes, and high winds. However, the color will fade slightly over time, and it’s not paintable. Vinyl siding could be considered low-maintenance, but it’s not maintenance-free, because it’s susceptible to damage from hail and other impacts, so you may need to occasionally make repairs. Vinyl siding also requires cleaning once or twice a year to remove dirt and mold that can accumulate.
Regardless of which product you choose, trust the experts and Precision Windows and door to properly install your new siding. With proper care and maintenance, your house can stay beautiful and protected for years to come.