When it comes to siding materials, vinyl is the tried-and-true classic. Homeowners, particularly ones in New England, have used vinyl siding for its low-maintenance and durability for decades. However, in recent years, another siding option has been gaining in popularity. Invented in its modern form in the 1980’s by James Hardie, Fiber Cement is a siding option that many homeowners and contractors are beginning to prefer over vinyl. Take a look at some of the benefits of fiber cement siding below!
While vinyl siding has a long lifespan in its own right, about 20-30 years with proper maintenance, it simply cannot compete with fiber cement siding. Fiber cement siding is generally warrantied for at least 50 years, and it can last longer than that if taken care of properly. If you want to install siding on your home and never have to worry about replacing it, Fiber cement is a great option.
Another major benefit of fiber cement siding is its aesthetic versatility. Fiber Cement can be designed to look like nearly any siding material on the market. Many homeowners opt for a wooden look-alike, which even has the texture and wood grain of an actual wooden board. If you are interested in a different aesthetic, fiber cement is available in a variety of colors and texture designs, meaning no matter what vision you have for your home, you will be able to achieve it with fiber cement siding.
Another benefit of fiber cement siding is that it is resistant to a variety of weather. Fiber cement is just about the most fire and heat resistant siding option on the market. Additionally, it is also rot, warp, and crack resistant. No matter what climate you live in, whether its hot and arid, or cool and damp, fiber cement siding is perfect for any climate.
While fiber cement will never be able to compete with vinyl siding’s upfront cost of installation, over the course of fiber cements lifespan, it could end up being a cheaper option, for a couple of reasons. The first is that fiber cement siding will simply outlast vinyl siding. Even if both materials are well-maintained, it is not an exaggeration to say that the fiber cement could last twice as long. Fiber cement is expensive to install, but not twice as much as vinyl siding, meaning that if your siding is well maintained, it will be the cheaper option over its entire lifespan. The other reason is that fiber cement siding rarely has structural damage. While vinyl siding can be snapped or broken from something as simple as a falling tree branch or baseball, fiber cement is extremely resistant to structural damage, meaning you likely never need to make spot repairs on your siding, further reducing its cost.