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Choosing Your Siding Replacement Materials: Vinyl vs Fiber Cement

Curb appeal is more important to homeowners than ever before. In fact, 37% of surveyed homeowners say they’re getting ready to do a complete outdoor overhaul of their homes to help boost curb appeal. One way to give your home an instant upgrade is to replace its siding. But, which material should you choose for your siding replacement project? Let’s take a closer look at two options that are popular with our customers: vinyl and fiber cement siding. 

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is made primarily from a stiff plastic material called polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The end result is a finish that mimics other materials like wood or tile. 

Pros of Vinyl Siding

Vinyl is a popular siding choice for the homeowners we work with for a number of reasons. Since it comes in a variety of different styles and colors, you won’t have any issues choosing an option that matches your aesthetic. 

It’s also a low-maintenance material, so you won’t have to spend all your free time taking care of it. Gently rinsing it down with a garden hose is enough to do the trick. 

Additionally, vinyl siding is a relatively low-cost material, generally ranging between $3 and $12 per square foot. This makes it easier to update your home, even if you’re on a budget. 

Cons of Vinyl Siding

While vinyl siding is more durable than a material like wood, it will start to show signs of wear and tear after about 10 years. This is especially true if your home gets excess sunlight exposure, which can cause your vinyl siding to fade over time. 

Additionally, it’s not the most environmentally friendly material, since the vinyl siding manufacturing process releases greenhouse gases into the air. Keep that in mind if you’re trying to make sustainable home choices. 

Fiber Cement Siding

Here at Siding Express, we proudly install James Hardie fiber cement siding, which is the leading fiber cement brand on the market. This unique material is made from a blend of Portland cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers which results in a stunning design that’s made to last. 

Pros of Fiber Cement Siding

James Hardie fiber cement siding comes in a wide variety of colors and styles that are up to 30% more fade resistant than other materials. It’s also engineered specifically to withstand our St. Louis weather conditions, so you won’t have to worry about damage to your siding from wind, rain, snow, or extreme heat. 

Best of all, James Hardie siding is very durable and requires almost no maintenance. It’s also an environmentally friendly material, so you can feel good about choosing it for your home. 

Cons of Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement siding is a bit more expensive than vinyl siding, so keep that in mind when budgeting for your project. However, most of our customers agree that the extra cost is well worth all the benefits!

Schedule Your Siding Replacement Project Today

Now that you know more about vinyl and fiber cement siding, you can make the right choice for your siding replacement project. If you’re in the St. Louis area, there’s no better team than Siding Express to complete the job for you. 

Contact us today to book a free consultation online to learn more about how we work and talk about the details of your siding replacement project.

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