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Side-by-side Comparison: Fiber Cement vs. Vinyl Cost


When it comes to choosing a home siding product, it's easy to become overwhelmed by your options. Vinyl and fiber cement siding are two of the most popular choices. When pricing siding materials, it's important to consider more than up-front material costs.

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Materials

According to the Portland Cement Association, material costs for vinyl siding are lower than all other siding products, though vinyl shakes or shingles tend to cost more than lap style fiber cement. Both are significantly cheaper than natural wood, stone, brick, or stucco. Factors that affect siding material costs include:

  • Styles. Shakes and shingles cost more than traditional or Dutch lap siding.
  • Finish. Products that mimic natural wood or brick cost more than smooth products.
  • Paint. Products that are factory primed and painted tend to cost more than those requiring painting.

Installation

Fiber cement has a reputation for being difficult to install, so tends to cost more than vinyl siding. This also makes vinyl siding more attractive for do-it-yourselfers looking to curb costs.

Durability and Maintenance

While vinyl siding costs less than fiber cement up front, fiber cement's impressive durability means that it will typically outlast even premium vinyl siding products, boosting its lifetime value. Still, both materials are rot, fire, and weather resistant, and require minimal maintenance.

The Bottom Line on Fiber Cement vs. Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding products are more affordable in terms of materials and installation, but will likely need to be replaced sooner than fiber cement products. While vinyl used to be considered the less visually attractive option, premium vinyl siding products, especially shakes and shingles, are closing the gap.

 

Sources
Concrete Homes - Tech Brief: Fiber Cement Siding • http://www.cement.org/http://www.cement.org/homes/brief15.asp
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