When deciding on the best siding for your home, it can be hard to understand the differences between your options. Along with providing protection, siding also provides the overall exterior appearance of your home. Two popular siding options homeowners choose between are vinyl and fiber cement. There are several differences between these two siding options and understanding how they differ can help you decide the best one for your needs.
Material | Fiber cement siding typically takes the form of shingles or board and is made from a combination of wood and cement. Vinyl siding is a popular siding option that is made from plastic. The plastic material is capable of changing its size with the temperature.
Appearance | Fiber-cement siding can come in a variety of shapes. Because you can stain or paint fiber cement, it can appear in several different colors in hues, which gives you a lot of options to work with. Fiber cement can also come prepainted so you don’t have to worry about taking the time to paint your house.
Vinyl siding offers even more variety because of its ability to appear like wood, fiber-cement, and plastic. Many homeowners prefer to install vinyl siding that looks like wood so they can get the benefits of wood’s aesthetic appeal while also having vinyl siding’s durability.
Durability | While both options are more durable compared to wood siding, vinyl siding pulls through to be the front runner. Fiber cement tends to absorb water, which can cause the shingles and surface beneath the shingles to rot. Vinyl siding doesn’t absorb water, which makes it the most durable siding option.
Maintenance | Fiber cement siding fades over time, which means it periodically requires a new coat of paint. You may also need to fill various cracks and chips that develop throughout the years. Vinyl siding requires very little maintenance because it doesn’t fade over time the way fiber cement siding does. Like most materials, vinyl siding requires a simple wash every so often to maintain its brightness. You can do this by spraying water from a garden hose onto the siding.
Energy Efficiency | When compared to each other, neither vinyl siding or fiber cement siding takes the lead in terms of energy efficiency. They are both fairly thin siding options that don’t supply much insulation. You can, however, install an insulated version of vinyl siding to increase your home’s energy efficiency.
Understanding how fiber cement and vinyl siding differ can help you pick the one you feel is best for your home. At Paskar Construction, we can help you install the siding you want professionally and efficiently. We provide you with a team of qualified contractors that can ensure your siding is ready to protect your home. Call us today at 612-290-0332 to start your project off with a free estimate.