Replacing your home’s siding can be one of the biggest investments for any homeowner. Since this is such a significant financial investment, there are many factors that should come into play when considering the right siding. Modern advancements have made beautiful curb appeal easier to achieve with any siding material. Along with curb appeal, overall durability, and maintenance requirements, homeowners should also think about the average lifespan that each siding product has to offer. Finding a longlasting siding investment can give you peace of mind knowing your home will remain protected and beautiful for years to come.
Colorado Siding Life Expectancy vs. the National Average
Colorado homes have different obstacles when it comes to environmental exposure when compared to other places throughout the United States. Due to our elevation, our homes are exposed to higher levels of UV radiation. We also experience a higher rate of hailstorms, making impact resistance an important factor to consider. Our state also experiences below-freezing temperatures along with rain and snowstorms that can pose cracking and moisture concerns for siding. The national average for siding life expectancy can be higher than the average for Colorado.
The National Life Expectancy for Different Siding Materials
The National Association of Home Builders and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors have conducted in-depth surveys regarding the life expectancy of different siding materials across the United States and the rest of the world. The data collected is based on average conditions and doesn’t reflect natural disasters or severe weather concerns.
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, vinyl siding lasts on average for 60 years. This can vary in Colorado since vinyl siding is susceptible to warping under high temperatures, fading from UV exposure, and cracking during below-freezing temperatures. Vinyl siding can also be damaged due to impact from hail and often requires replacement when damaged. Vinyl siding is more cost-effective, making the lower lifespan a trade-off.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding is among one of the longest lifespans, providing 100+ years of functionality and durability. This relatively new siding product is renowned for its non-combustible nature and high impact resistance. Fiber cement siding is built to withstand Colorado’s weather variations, making it similar in average lifespan as the rest of the nation.
Engineered Wood Composite Siding
With the proper maintenance, engineered wood composite siding can last 100+ years. Unlike traditional wood siding, engineered wood composite has man-made components that provide longer durability and protection. Engineered wood siding should offer a similar average for Colorado homes.
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors reports that stucco siding has a lifespan of 50+ years while the National Association of Home Builders estimates that it can last up to 100 years. While stucco siding is known for its high durability and great soundproofing benefits, it is quite labor-intensive and is in a higher price range. Stucco alternatives can be found from manufacturers that produce fiber cement and engineered wood composite siding. Homeowners should research stucco alternatives to see if there are better fits for their home.
Wood siding has an average lifespan of 20 to 40 years. This could be longer with extreme maintenance and care. Colorado homes with wood siding tend to fall on the shorter range due to UV and moisture exposure. Wood siding is one of the more expensive siding options and does require higher maintenance than other materials.
Natural Stone Siding
Both surveys agree that natural stone siding should last over 100+ years. Stone siding is extremely durable and requires low maintenance. Due to the aesthetic, many homeowners tend to opt for stone accents or a stone facade that’s paired with other siding materials.
Choosing the Right Siding for Your Home
Scottish Home Improvements has decades of experience when it comes to siding recommendations and installations. We understand the different requirements that are needed in the right siding to withstand the harsh conditions here. For more information regarding the lifespan of different siding options, please contact us!