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A Comparison of Vinyl Siding Prices vs. Fiber Cement


Vinyl siding and fiber cement siding are two popular choices for homeowners. Both are relatively easy to install and are available in a wide array of colors and styles.

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Fiber Cement vs. Vinyl: Which Costs Less?

If you're trying to decide whether vinyl siding or fiber cement siding prices are best for your pocketbook, you'll want to take several factors into account.

  1. Upfront costs. In most areas of the country, vinyl siding is less expensive to put on your home. Uninstalled, vinyl siding can range from $50 to $200 per square (100 square feet), while fiber cement siding generally costs $200 to $600 per square. Installation costs for vinyl siding may also be lower.
  2. Maintenance costs. Both vinyl siding and fiber cement siding are touted as being low-maintenance. Vinyl siding may only need cleaning during its lifespan, while fiber cement siding may just need to be painted - and some siding manufacturers warranty their paint for up to 15 years. Fiber cement siding is also highly resistant to fire, insects, and rot, making it durable even in extreme conditions.
  3. Lifespan. Warranties on vinyl siding range from 10 to 50 years, while 50-year warranties for fiber cement siding are common. Fiber cement siding is generally considered to have a longer lifespan - just look at houses from the early 20th century that have their original fiber cement siding still intact.

So in the question of fiber cement vs. vinyl, which one comes out ahead? The answer may depend on how long you'll be in your home. Less than 10 years? The lower upfront costs of vinyl may meet your needs. Longer? Fiber cement prices may be less when you take into account the lifespan of the product.

 

Sources
Fiber-Cement Siding • http://www.toolbase.orghttp://www.toolbase.org/Technology-Inventory/walls/fiber-cement-siding • NAHB Research Center,
Maureen Alley • Colorful Future for Siding • Dec 31, 1969 • http://www.rdbmagazine.comhttp://www.rdbmagazine.com/print/Residential-Design-and-Build/Colorful-Future-for-Siding/1$4253 • Residential Design and Build Magazine,
Siding Costs Comparison • http://www.exteriorsidinghelp.comhttp://www.exteriorsidinghelp.com/siding-costs-comparison.html • Exterior Siding Help,
Fiber Cement Siding • http://www.cement.orghttp://www.cement.org/homes/ch_bs_fibercement.asp • Portland Cement Association
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