Vinyl siding has been the default exterior choice for many homeowners. However, Hardiplank, a trademarked type of fiber cement siding, has also gained popularity as an environmentally sound, durable alternative to vinyl. If you’re in the market for new siding, evaluate fiber cement vs. vinyl siding to pick the best choice for your home.
Resale Value and Expense
Hardiplank and other fiber cement siding is perceived to have higher value than vinyl siding. For this reason, even though it is more expensive, it may be the better investment in the long run. However, if your current budget is your largest concern, vinyl siding is approximately 25 percent less expensive than Hardiplank and other fiber cement siding options.
Vinyl siding requires light cleaning and no other maintenance. Hardiplank, just like wood, should be painted every 5-7 years, so there is much more maintenance in the long run. Both types of siding can easily be repaired as necessary. Fiber cement siding can be patched with a cement compound, and small areas of vinyl siding can be cut away and replaced as necessary.
Hardiplank and other fiber cement products look more like real wood than vinyl siding. For this reason, people who prefer the appearance of wood siding often choose fiber cement siding over vinyl. Fiber cement siding can also be painted or stained regularly, allowing the homeowner the ability to alter the color of their house without replacing the siding. Vinyl siding can be painted, but the results are often not as good, and the color can only be changed a single time.
Neither fiber cement nor vinyl siding is susceptible to insect damage, rot, or normal wear and tear. However, Hardiplank and other fiber cement products are also fire resistant, so it may be a good choice in areas where wildfires are not unusual. Vinyl siding, however, often comes with a lifetime warranty, while Hardiplank and other fiber cement sidings usually only offer a 50 year warranty. However, experts expect that fiber cement will last much longer than the available warranty.