Both products look more like wood siding than ever before. They also come in many styles and colors. This makes it more difficult for homeowners to choose between vinyl and fiber cement siding. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Which is why we know that the right product for you may not be the right one for your neighbor. Choosing between the two takes an understanding of the differences between the two.
If you have a tight budget, vinyl siding may be the better option. Fiber cement siding almost always costs more. Depending on the style and brand, vinyl siding can cost half as much a fiber cement.
Ease of Maintenance
Although both products require little regular maintenance other than the occasional rinsing, vinyl siding has less maintenance over its lifetime. Both products are likely to fade a little, however, you can’t paint vinyl siding. You will eventually need to repaint your fiber cement siding. James Hardie prefinished siding recommends repainting after 15 years. Other brands have a ten-year expected life for the paint. This is considered a benefit of fiber cement to some homeowners. They know they can change the look of the home if trends chance.
Hands down fiber cement is more durable than vinyl. Hail won’t put holes in it. When properly installed by a siding company, it won’t blow off of your home in even the strongest wind. Fiberboard is Class 1 (A) fire retardant rated. Although that won’t prevent a home fire, it can lessen the chances of a spark igniting a fire. It also won’t melt like vinyl when exposed to heat. Because of its durability you may find that your homeowner’s insurance offers discounts for fiber cement.
Which is Best?
That depends. As a siding company, it’s always our goal to help homeowners choose the right product for the goals they have for their new siding as well as their taste and budget. That’s why we offer both vinyl siding and James Hardie fiber cement siding. Call us today at (336) 766-6488 or fill out our contact form for your free consultation.