Today’s most popular cladding materials include vinyl siding, exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS), stucco and masonry. Here’s a look at how they compare for maintenance, cleaning, durability, life cycle cost and fire safety:
|Maintenance||Cleaning||Durability||Typical Lifespan||Fire safety|
|Vinyl siding||High, susceptible to mold||Requires regular cleaning||Vulnerable to damage from extreme weather and projectiles||Unknown||Combustible, adds to fire load, potential toxic emissions|
|EIFS||High, susceptible to mildew, dirt||Requires regular cleaning||Vulnerable to damage from extreme weather, moisture and projectiles||20 – 25 years||May melt due to extreme heat from fire, does not contain fire|
|Stucco||Medium, may crack or need repainting||Minimal||Vulnerable to cracks, damage from projectiles||Unknown in Canadian climate||Non-combustible, fire resistance unknown|
|Masonry (brick, block, stone)||Low, requires little-to-no upkeep||Minimal||Impact-resistant and designed for water management||100 years or more||Prevents fire from spreading, noncombustible, more than 2-hour fire resistance|
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