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What is the average life expectancy of fiber-cement siding?
Sunday, December 22, 2019
How long does fiber-cement siding last?
You can expect fiber-cement siding to last 60 years or more, based on maintaining an adequate paint finish and caulking. It is also important to install the joints per manufacturer’s specs to ensure long life. See our blog post What are the vertical butt joint requirements for fiber-cement (Hardiplank) lap siding? for more on this.
And here’s a bar graph that compares the life expectancy of fiber-cement to other types of residential 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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To learn more about exterior walls and structures, see these other blog posts:
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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