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How long does house siding last?
Friday, June 19, 2020
Here’s a list of average life expectancies for residential siding. Click on any of the sidings to get further info. As a rule, inorganic siding like brick or stucco is going to outlast organic sidings like wood or plywood. Vinyl and aluminum, although inorganic, are the exceptions.
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
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 How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful?
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Field Guide for Home Inspectors, a quick reference for finding the age of 154 brands of HVAC systems, water heaters, and electrical panels, plus 210 code standards for site-built and manufactured homes, and the life expectancy rating of 195 home components. Available at amazon.com for $19.95.
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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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