How long does exterior siding last?
Monday, December 23, 2019
Inorganic siding materials such as brick and stucco have the longest expected life, with wood and plywood at the other end of the scale, plus many choices in-between. Click on any one of the sidings listed below to go to an article with more info on their specific characteristics and the factors that affect life expectancy of each.
SIDING LIFE EXPECTANCY
Aluminum - 25 to 45 years, average 35
Brick - 100+ years
Engineered Wood Siding - 50+ years
Fiber-Cement Siding - 60+ years
Manufactured Stone - 50+ years
Plywood (T-111, RB&B, etc) - 20 to 50 years, average 35
Stucco on Block - 60 to 80+ years, average 70
Stucco or EIFS on Wood Frame - 50 to 70 years, average 60
Vinyl - 25 to 50 years, average 40
Wood or Composite - 20 to 40 years, average 30
And here’s a bar graph that compares the life expectancies of each type of siding.
Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see our blog post How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful?
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NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, FannieMae, and our own professional experience. Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only, and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.
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