Choosing Vinyl vs. Fiber Cement Siding

Choosing Vinyl vs. Fiber Cement Siding - All Roofing Solutions

Today’s homeowners have a wide variety of choices when it comes to choosing the material for their siding installation project. Regardless of what you select for your home’s exterior, siding installation must be done right to ensure optimum results. Hire an experienced siding contractor that specializes in siding residential homes to create the perfect look for your house.

Most Popular Siding Options

Two popular types of siding materials are vinyl and fiber cement. Both of these materials are durable and attractive, and can potentially increase the market value of your home.

According to the 2010, U.S. Census Bureau, vinyl siding is the most commonly used material on North American homes valued under $500,000. Fiber cement siding does not yet possess the long history associated with vinyl siding, but is quickly becoming a favorite among homeowners. The Portland Cement Association estimates that between 12 and 15 percent of new homes use fiber cement siding.

Choosing Vinyl vs. Fiber Cement Siding

You’ll want to consider a few key points when making the important decision between vinyl or fiber cement siding.

Cost

Both vinyl and fiber cement siding are affordable solutions to give your home a new look. Fiber cement mimics the look of natural wood, but can be less costly to install than cedar siding, natural stone or other wood materials.

Vinyl siding is an economical choice as well. In many cases, vinyl siding costs less than fiber cement due to the ease of installation. Vinyl siding goes up quickly and does not require painting, which saves you both time and money.

Design

The styles and arrays of color available in these two types of siding is wide ranging. Some homeowners may even feel overwhelmed at the choices they need to make regarding color scheme and the versatility of texture. Fiber cement is a modern material, but is designed to showcase your home with very traditional styles. Available siding shapes include half rounds, square shingles, and octagons. Vertical siding is crafted for a smooth appearance or to mimic stucco. Pre-finished and primed fiber cement cladding is the most common choice, but homeowners can also have raw materials installed and painted to their exact specifications.

Vinyl siding is also extremely versatile, with more than 300 colors from which to choose. An advantage to using vinyl siding is that once you have matched your desired color, no painting is required.

Durability & Maintenance

No matter which type of siding you choose, durability is on your side. Each of these two materials is environmentally sound, and resistant to fire, wind, rain, hail and decay. Vinyl siding is very easy to care for, needing only a cool water rinse to remain bright and insect-free. Fiber cement is a bit more labor-intensive, requiring painting every 7 to 15 years.

Installation

Consult All Roofing Solutions, your Delaware roofing and siding specialist, to install fiber cement or vinyl siding. Fiber cement cladding in particular requires specialized tools to ensure safe and proper installation so don’t try to handle such project on your own.

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8 Comments

  1. Posted April 16, 2015 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    I have been back and forth between vinyl and fiber cement siding, but I think I’m going to go with vinyl. The huge benefit from vinyl is that I can install it myself, it’s cheap, and most of all it doesn’t require paint! I do not like painting, as it is so time consuming, so vinyl siding is the perfect alternative to me.

  2. Diana Hopper
    Posted April 24, 2015 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    I think siding options determines strength of your home. I think we can also go for fibreglass roofing materials.

    • Posted April 16, 2015 at 9:01 am | Permalink

      Vinyl siding comes in several styles and in a variety of colors. All vinyl siding and vinyl soffit and fascia can be cut with tin snips, a circular saw with a plywood blade or by scoring it with a knife and breaking it.

  3. Posted April 24, 2015 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the tips! I need to have new siding installed, so it’s important to me to choose a material that’s more durable than my last siding. I’ve always heard that vinyl was durable, but I didn’t realize that it’s also quite versatile. It’s incredible that there are over three hundred colors that I can choose from. I want to have siding that looks good with the rest of my house, so perhaps I should go with vinyl since I can have a durable material that’s easily customizable.

  4. Posted April 26, 2015 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Great article. I vote for fiber cement siding all the way. Maintenance and longevity are far superior to any other alternatives.

  5. Posted April 27, 2015 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Siding is a vital part of a home’s exterior. In fact, if you do not choose the right material for siding your house is not that strongly built. Choosing the correct exterior options for your home will determine how long your home will stand to the elements as well as the look of your home and your homes energy consumption.

  6. Posted May 27, 2015 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Can you paint vinyl siding? That’s what my house has installed currently, but I don’t like the color. I wouldn’t be opposed to replacing it with fiber cement, but I’m trying to be cost efficient as well. Maybe painting would get me through until I could replace it.

  7. Posted August 14, 2015 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Considering the durability of the siding you choose is a smart idea. It’s good to know you have “durability on your side”, no matter which type of material you choose. Which type is easier to clean stains off of? What is the best way to go about removing dirt or animal caused stains?

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