How Long Do Different Types of Siding Last?

Installing new siding can do many great things for your home. It can help keep it warmer during the winter and cut down your summer energy costs. It can add some soundproofing so you sleep better at night. And nothing brightens up a home like brand new siding with fresh paint.

Perhaps one of the most important things to consider when choosing a siding type is how long it will last. Some materials are more durable than others and are better suited for places like Colorado that get a lot of sun, snow, and rain. It’s important to compare the life expectancy of each product so that you get the most out of your investment.

Why Durability Is Important

When it comes to siding, looks are important, but not as important as durability. If you select a certain material based only on the way it looks, you’re probably going to be disappointed. When pieces start to crack and fall off in a few years, you’re going to regret your decision. Plus, there are lots of options out there that look great and are also durable, so you don’t necessarily have to choose between the two. It’s a matter of realizing what your priorities should be.

Average Lifespan of Different Types of Siding

Before you set your heart on a certain type of siding, it’s important to educate yourself on all of the different options out there. You may find that there’s a better, more durable option than the one you had in mind that looks just as beautiful. Here’s what you can expect in terms of lifespan for different types of siding.


Vinyl is one of the most affordable materials. It has a grooved surface and is made to look like wood, but it’s much lighter and cheaper to manufacture. The only real problem with vinyl is that it scores pretty low in terms of durability. It doesn’t do well in very hot or very cold climates. If it gets too much sun, it can melt. And cold weather can cause it to crack and buckle. The average lifespan of vinyl siding is about 20 to 40 years. Insulated vinyl usually lasts longer than regular vinyl. Regardless, it can be a great option for residing a home that you’re going to sell or a rent out.

Fiber Cement

Fiber cement siding is a popular choice for homes in Colorado because of its durability. Fiber cement is by far one of the toughest materials. It’s made from a combination of cement and wood fibers. Cement is basically impervious, which is great because it protects homes from fire, moisture, and all types of conditions. But like any other option, it does need to be maintained. If it chips or cracks, the wood fibers can get wet, which leads to warping, rotting, and structural damage. The downside of fiber cement is that it’s one of the pricier choices. But you can expect it to last a good 25 to 50 years or more.

Engineered Wood

Engineered wood is a great option for homeowners looking for something more durable than cedar but cheaper than fiber cement. Natural wood planks are coated with a special resin blend to protect them from the elements. On the surface, engineered wood looks just like natural wood, but it’s much lighter and more water resistant. The average life expectancy of engineered wood products is about 20 to 30 years.

Siding Consultations

Vinyl, fiber cement, and engineered wood are just a handful of the many different types of siding out there. If you’re still unsure about what option is best for your home, it may be a good idea to schedule a consultation. A professional siding contractor will be able to help you find an option that’s a good fit for your budget and aesthetic preferences.

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Martin Faith is a proud Scotsman, business owner, and home improvement expert. In 2002, after an unfortunate experience with a local contractor and a siding project gone wrong, Martin decided to start his own home improvements company. His goal was to help other homeowners avoid having to suffer through the same experience. He founded Scottish Home Improvements, a customer-focused siding company based in Denver. Martin's small business grew rapidly and today is the largest siding company in the state. With an A+ Rating from the BBB, recognition as a Preferred James Hardie Elite Contractor, and over fifteen years of experience, Scottish Home Improvements is the number one trusted source for residential and commercial siding in Colorado.