Vinyl siding should last between 25 and 50 years. In some cases, vinyl siding may last much longer or wear down sooner. There are various factors that can affect the durability of your vinyl, and this review discusses these factors to help provide you with a more precise estimate as to how long your vinyl siding should last.
Vinyl Siding Explained
Vinyl is a type of strong and durable plastic material that is commonly used for residential and commercial siding in the United States. Its popularity is largely due to the combination of aesthetic quality and durability long-term. There are also multiple color and design options for homeowners to consider with vinyl siding as well.
Factors That Affect the Longevity of Vinyl Siding
The longevity of your vinyl siding depends on a variety of factors, including the quality of your vinyl, how well the vinyl siding is maintained, the quality of the vinyl siding installation, and climate conditions. The following is a more detailed look at the durability and life expectancy of vinyl siding.
The Quality of the Vinyl Siding
Perhaps the primary factor in determining the expected lifespan of your vinyl siding is the quality of the siding itself. Not all vinyl is created equal, and some is simply more durable and damage-resistant than others. It is strongly encouraged to spend more initially for higher quality vinyl as this will lead to a return on your investment over time; your siding contractor can help you determine the pros and cons of each vinyl siding brand and choose the most cost-efficient solution for your home.
To be more specific, however, the quality of the vinyl siding largely depends on its degree of thickness; the thicker the siding the longer it is likely to last. Thickness grades can range from .35 millimeters to .55 millimeters (the higher the grade the thicker and more durable the vinyl should be). Thicker vinyl siding usually costs more initially, but it also provides a more attractive appearance, and since it is more durable on average than thin vinyl siding, it usually comes with longer warranty coverage.
How Well the Vinyl Siding Is Maintained
When measuring how long vinyl siding should last, you are essentially asking how long can the siding last before replacement is necessary or is the recommended solution. There are several reasons why vinyl may need early replacement. Notably, siding may need replacement if it becomes damaged or worn down to an extent that it affects the home’s energy efficiency, appearance, and/or safety during bad weather.
With that said, the amount of maintenance that is provided to the siding plays a large role in how long it lasts, and it is easier to repair a small problem or provide preventive service to your vinyl siding rather than wait until larger repairs or replacement is necessary. You can maintain the strength, appearance, and functional capabilities of your vinyl siding by inspecting it for damage once a month and washing it periodically (several times a year or once every time the seasons change).
The Quality of the Vinyl Siding Installation
There is a big difference between professional and DIY vinyl siding installation. Siding installation is often far more complex than it seems, and there are various elements that a professional checks for before they begin vinyl siding installation, such as ensuring there is no underlying water damage that needs addressing.
Additionally, a highly skilled siding contractor is more likely to use higher quality materials, such as corrosion-resistant nails and taping joints. The end result is home siding that looks much better and is expected to last for much longer. Subsequently, it is encouraged to avoid DIY installations and choose a reputable and experienced siding contractor to handle your vinyl siding installation.
Of course, weather conditions can also impact the lifespan of your home’s vinyl siding. Extreme weather conditions such as strong winds, heavy rainfall, and lightning can damage your home’s siding earlier than anticipated.
While the weather is out of your control, you can mitigate the risk of wear and tear to your home’s vinyl siding from weather conditions by ensuring you choose durable and thick vinyl and having the siding professionally installed. This is particularly important if you live in an area that regularly receives bad weather throughout each year, such as homes near the coast or in areas where heavy winds or tornados are a possibility.
Adelphia Exterior Offers Vinyl Siding Installation
New vinyl siding is a great way to improve the look and durability of your home. If your existing vinyl is outdated, or if you are interested in replacing your current siding with high-quality vinyl siding (or another high-quality and cost-effective siding material), then call our remodeling contractors at Adelphia Exteriors today to get started.