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4 Ways Vinyl Siding Outperforms Fiber Cement


Both fiber cement and vinyl siding have some advantages over their natural wood, stone, or brick rivals. While the Portland Cement Association notes that fiber cement now clads 12 to 15 percent of new homes, vinyl siding still outsells it by a wide margin.

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4 reasons why vinyl siding is more popular than fiber cement

  1. Vinyl siding costs less. According to R.S. Means data, fiber cement costs more than vinyl siding in all aspects, materials, installation, and maintenance.
  2. Insulated vinyl siding is more efficient, environmentally-friendly. According to a 2009 study conducted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), insulated vinyl siding outperforms fiber cement in energy consumption, energy costs, and CO2 emissions. To put things in perspective, choosing insulated vinyl siding over fiber cement could save on average $56 per year on electricity or natural gas costs, 448 pounds of CO2 and nearly 940 kWh of energy (3.2 million BTUs).
  3. Vinyl siding is easier to install. Fiber cement is much more difficult to install than vinyl siding, making it a more expensive and time-intensive process. This makes vinyl siding a particularly good choice for serious do-it-yourselfers who hope to install their own siding.
  4. Vinyl siding is easier to maintain. Unlike vinyl siding, fiber cement must be painted. Even factory primed and painted fiber cement will need to be repainted over time or can be scratched and damaged easily, boosting fiber cement costs over the lifespan of the product. Vinyl siding, on the other hand, has color integrated into the PVC so never needs to be repainted.

These are just a few of the reasons vinyl siding is a more popular choice than fiber cement products. So, which one is best for you?

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