Cladding or siding plays an essential role in protecting our home against the weather, and in helping us maximize the home’s comfort, energy efficiency, as well as aesthetics. So we can only stand to benefit from taking good care of it – and making sure it lasts for as long as possible. The International Association of Home Inspectors says siding usually lasts from twenty to sixty years, but this is contingent upon several factors – one of the most important of which is the type of material used.
- Vinyl siding is expected to last anywhere from twenty to forty years, although there are manufacturers that offer 50-year warranties for their products. In addition, the Vinyl Siding Institute says certified vinyl siding can stand up to winds of almost 110 mph. The material is also considered to be durable against extreme temperatures.
- Fiber cement. Like vinyl siding, fiber cement siding products sometimes carry 50-year warranties. Like vinyl, it can also stand up to the worst of inclement weather. It is also resistant to premature fading and damage.
- Wood has had a reputation of being rather weak, but the Forest Products Laboratory says that – under normal conditions – the material should only weather away 1/8-inch per century. However, particular care should be given to ensuring that it is not exposed to the elements, as wet wood can easily rot and disintegrate.
- Stucco comes in two forms: natural, and synthetic. As a composite, this material can also last. Synthetic stucco, however, is prone to moisture penetration and should be protected accordingly.
- Once it has been installed, brick siding is known to be long-lasting. Unlike other materials, it does not require a lot of maintenance. However, if it gets damaged, it can be quite difficult to repair.
- Metal is another siding material that you can leave alone without worrying about after installation. Like composites, metal is engineered to withstand the elements. And unlike wood, it does not absorb moisture or attract fungus. But that does not mean it is not impenetrable. Sharp and strong forces can dent the material.
How these materials are installed does play a significant part in harnessing the promised functionality. Learn which factors are deserving of your consideration in the next part of our blog.