An exterior makeover for your home begins with new siding. You should choose the right material based on more than just installation cost to keep your home looking great for decades to come. If it’s been a few years since you last shopped for siding, you may need a refresher on the best options for covering your home’s exterior.
Vinyl siding is one of the most popular materials, but it is far from your only option. Fiber cement siding offers a great alternative that may appeal to owners of historic and newly built modern homes alike. Compare the two types of siding before choosing the right one for your particular home.
Both vinyl and fiber cement siding products are some of the long-lasting options for exterior finishing. Vinyl won’t absorb any moisture, which is possible if you don’t paint fiber cement siding at least once every 25 years. Neither one is as prone to moisture damage as wood or brick siding, and both vinyl and fiber cement are completely resistant to pests like termites.
Fiber cement is slightly more durable just because it won’t warp due to exposure to heat or become brittle and prone to cracking during cold temperatures like vinyl siding. Both types of siding will last 30 to 50 years with minimal maintenance.
By installation cost alone, vinyl siding is the winner. You can expect to pay an average of around $4 per square foot of vinyl siding including labor, while fiber cement has an average installation cost of $10 per square foot instead.
However, the installation cost of siding is just part of the costs you need to compare. Fiber cement outlasts vinyl siding, so you need to factor in the cost of replacement for vinyl when comparing siding types. Don’t forget about the increased home value that comes from fiber cement siding since the new owners can expect plenty of life from the durable material.
Vinyl siding is colored during manufacturing rather than coated with a surface layer, so there is little need to keep painting the material to keep it coated. Fiber cement needs painting immediately after installation, but with the right paint, you may not need to paint again for 25 years or more.
In most climates, vinyl siding only needs a little low-pressure water jet cleaning every few years to stay looking like new. Fiber cement needs attention even less often than that but will need slightly more labor-intensive and costly maintenance every few decades to stay in good shape.
Fiber cement siding products definitely offer more variety for mimicking the look of stone, wood, and other materials. You can find long planks with a smooth or wood grain finish, square shingles stamped with grain or stone texture, and more. Manufacturers pour fiber cement siding thicker than vinyl products, which leaves plenty of depth for adding texture.
Vinyl siding is generally limited to plank style installation and color options only with limited texture variations. Unless you choose an unusual color, your vinyl siding will look similar to what’s covering many other homes in your neighborhood.
Green When you consider the environmental impact of the siding you choose, fiber cement has a clear advantage. The cement board is made without the use of petroleum-based ingredients, produces less carbon dioxide than vinyl siding production, and releases fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as the siding ages.
Explore the siding options available for your home from us here at Advantage. Our installation team will pay attention to every last detail so your home’s exterior looks great for years to come.
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