The time has finally come to install new siding on your home, and, after a lot of research, you have narrowed your choices down to fiber cement and vinyl siding.
Siding, basically is the outer covering of a house, for shedding water, protecting the building from weather effects and also, adding an aesthetic value to the whole house. Siding is the shell outside of the house that protects your interior.
It used to be that all houses used brick or wood. But now there are cheaper and lighter synthetic building materials that can be used for siding. These composite materials are also fire resistant.
Some can even be installed over your old siding. One popular type of siding is Fiber Cement Siding. This is a combination of cement with fibers to increase strength and reduce weight.
This makes it a very popular construction choice for siding companies trying to keep the house beautiful. The cement is very fire resistant, considering it is made of sand.
Cement siding is good at insulating, however. Because cement can be moulded into any shape, you can select the texture you want. A variety of house building products are available to house owners, nowadays.
It becomes really difficult to choose among them. Both of them possess certain pros and cons and here we would be discussing their detailed and comparative features to enable the reader to decide the best option for his home.
Fiber is used as a coating on walls and ceilings. Siding is generally formed of horizontal or vertical boards or sheets made up of wood, metal or plastic(vinyl), or fiber.
Wood siding involves simple installation and a versatile style but, it is also associated with high maintenance like protection from ants and termites, heavy humid conditions, etc. Unlike Vinyl Siding, fiber cement siding can be painted.
So, how do you decide which is best for you and your home? These tips might help you to make your decision a little easier.
The Pros and Cons
Both are great choices for your exterior siding, but if you have to choose between them, consider these factors:
- If you are a fan of traditional wood, you can’t get much closer to the appearance of wood than fiber cement siding.
- While it is slightly more expensive than vinyl; you can expect to pay more per siding square (100 sq ft), depending on the style and manufacturer.
- If your DIY siding project is limited to your labour, then vinyl siding might be easier to install. The full process of fiber siding can be heavy, and two-story homes might require two installers to work safely.
Sometimes fiber cement as well as other synthetic products like, acrylic is also added to the traditional stucco mixture to increase durability, flexibility, water-resistance. other desirable properties.
It is strong, involves minimal maintenance, and can be practically installed on almost all wall surfaces.