Factors That Affect Home Siding Longevity

By Kayla Keena

Siding  is  very  influential  on  a  home’s  exterior  appearance  and  structural  integrity.  Since  it  can  maximize  the home’s energy efficiency  and  may  decrease  utility bills, siding has the potential to affect a home’s resale value. Therefore, homeowners who seek worthwhile  renovations  are  likely  to  encounter  siding  replacement  as  an  option. To ensure a valuable lifetime for your home’s siding, learn the significant factors that affect siding longevity.

Thickness or Grade

The  thickness  of  planks  and  panels  is  known  as  the  grade. Siding’s grade indicates how durable it will be and for how long. High-grade  siding  is  sturdier  and usually lasts longer than the low-grade.   It’s  also  more  resistant  to  fade,  which delays the need for a replacement.

Maintenance 

Siding  undergoes many external pressures, such as weather and wind. Without proper maintenance, your siding will quickly decrease in value. Schedule regular siding inspections to catch signs of moisture and other damage early on. Routinely wash your siding, especially after storms, to remove dirt and debris.

Siding Type

Each siding option  has  its  pros and cons. One thing to keep in mind  when  choosing  the  siding for your home is its expected life   span.    The  makeup  of  the  various  siding  types  is  what determines  their  longevity.  For  example,  while  fiber  cement siding  has  a predicted 25 to 40 year life expectancy, aluminum siding’s lifespan ranges from 30 to 50 years. The siding type you select  for  your  home’s  exterior  will  give  you  a  loose idea of when replacement will be necessary, if at all.

Insulation

Insulated  siding  is  more  durable  than  regular  siding. Because it is denser than the regular, insulated types can withstand greater  impact  and  harsh  weather.   Also,  insulated  siding  is  less  prone  to denting, which increases its lifetime. Without insulation, siding is bound to cave in and wither at a quicker rate. 

Flexibility

Flexibility   is  an  important  factor,  because  it  determines  how  well the  siding responds to impact. Flexible siding is more resilient than rigid siding, especially in areas that have fluctuating temperatures and precipitation.

Weather

As  we  mentioned, weather plays a substantial role in siding endurance.    Extreme   temperatures   are   responsible  for premature aging.  Constant unfavorable weather conditions can  cause  certain  sidings  to  warp  and  stiffen  over  time. Moisture   buildup   underneath   siding   materials  leads  to water damage and mold, two incidents that are detrimental to any home’s structural integrity.

To ensure you’re getting the best-quality siding, be sure to choose a well-regarded contractor. Review each siding type’s aesthetic and performance benefits to determine which option suits your home best.

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