Today, vinyl siding is featured on more than 30 percent of U.S. homes. The rise in popularity has a lot to do with advancements made to enhance the material’s looks as well as its durability. Today’s high-end vinyl products are not only capable of mimicking the look of wood or cedar siding, quality vinyl siding may last up to 50 years if treated properly.
How Do I know It’s Time to Replace My Siding?
One of the biggest changes a homeowner can make is to the exterior of their home. Even though vinyl siding is relatively affordable, because of the time, cost and the skillset needed to install it, it is important for homeowners to be sure the time is right for a replacement. A few signs that vinyl siding is in need of replacement include:
- Extensive fading and damage due to age
- Heavy hail damage such as chipping, denting and cracking
- Mold damage leading to gray, white, or black spots
- Siding that is buckling or bulging due to home structural damage or poor siding installation
- Insect damage that can lead to soft siding, or siding with small holes
How Can I Make Vinyl Siding Last Longer?
To keep vinyl siding looking its best, there are basic maintenance steps to take. Vinyl siding will last longer if it is washed periodically (without a power washer) in order to remove the mold, mildew, dirt, and chalky oxidation that builds up and potentially degrades the surface over time.
If your vinyl siding is reaching the 10 to 15 year mark, it may also begin to fade. To keep your siding at its best, it can be touched up with paint. Of course, immediately repairing damaged panels as needed will protect the looks and overall lifespan of the siding.
What Should I Look For When Buying New Siding to Ensure It Last Longer?
The lifespan of vinyl siding may vary depending on its quality. Typically, choosing your vinyl siding’s brand and grade will determine how long the siding lasts and how long it stays looking great.
Quality often correlates to thickness of vinyl siding, which can range between 0.35 to 0.55 millimeters (mm). Vinyl siding thickness of .35 is considered low-grade and is the most susceptible to fading, cracking and weather damage. Thickness between 0.40-0.45 mm is considered mid-grade, while 0.45 mm and up is considered premium.
For more information about how long vinyl siding lasts, or to receive a free estimate for vinyl siding on your home, contact today.