vinyl siding vs. fiber cement

Choosing the Right Wall Siding: Vinyl vs. Fiber Cement

Not all walls require it, but any wall can have siding installed. The primary purpose of siding is not only facade decoration but also the protection of the outer wall surface from harmful external elements. In that respect, it’s essential that you find the ideal solution concerning material, cost, looks, and maintenance for your wall siding. If you’ve been browsing the type of materials most popular for this kind of job, you’ve probably seen that vinyl and fiber cement are leading the game. These two materials are the best choice, but – which one to choose?

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl helps counteract ultraviolet rays so that the walls last longer. Its appearance is similar to that of wood and confers that classic aesthetic of neighborhoods that have kept a similar image since the 1960s.

Vinyl siding is very similar to a siding board, and due to its texture, color and finishing profiles, it offers an elegant, cheerful appearance and a quality that ensures its permanence over time. Yes, even in extreme weather conditions.

The vinyl siding exterior does not require sophisticated maintenance; wash the surface with a hose, add some soapy water from time to time – and, voila! Additionally, it doesn’t need paints or varnishes and remains unchanged through time.

Vinyl siding products include a variety of accessories that facilitate the adaptation of the coating to the walls of the house. As for the colors, the product is available in various ranges and shades.

Fiber Cement Siding

Due to its concrete fibers, this siding can withstand extreme climates: anything from rain, hail, wind, and debris to excessive humidity. It never rots or swells, either. This type of coating is also termite-proof which is a huge bonus! Being constructed of concrete fibers, it is fire resistant as well.

However, careful installation of fiber cement siding is a must. The boards can be scratched, chipped or broken quite easily during transport and installation. Also, if caulking is not done correctly between seams, water can easily infiltrate the lining and lead to mold formation. The boards are not flexible, so the finishing at the corners and the vents usually still need to be done with vinyl. No matter how big you are on your DIY skills, it’s always better to entrust an experienced professional with this type of material and installation.

With everything said, vinyl seems to be the apparent choice between the two. It’s lightweight, comfortable for transport, and allows quick and easy installation that doesn’t require special treatments or tools. Essentially, you can turn it into an effective coating possible to install at any time of the year, and even on your own (but only if you’ve had previous experience with this type of work!). Still, if you want to make sure that the siding is 100% installed correctly, you know what to do.

Say “Yes” To Experts

At 1-800 HANSONS we provide the best possible siding options to happy homeowners. In fact, we’ve been doing it successfully for over 25 years! We use premium materials, a large selection of colors and styles that always add protection against ultraviolet light, discoloration, mold, and mildew. Choose 1-800-HANSONS, and you’ll have healthy indoor air quality and gorgeous maintenance- free siding for years to come!

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