Choosing suitable materials to build your home isn’t that complicated. Thanks to technology, there are a lot of choices out there. What’s best depends on your home’s location, budget, and specific needs. The two most popular materials for siding are vinyl and fiber cement. Each one is a good option that offers several pros and cons.
What to Know About Vinyl Siding
This material is the number one most popular siding in the U.S. It’s made from PVC, a hard plastic that can expand and contract with the materials underneath. This makes it reasonably long-lasting — a Census Bureau report states that vinyl siding lasts about 20 years.
Some reasons to choose vinyl siding:
- Many aesthetic design choices
- Excellent insulation (Insulated vinyl siding is also an option with other advantages)
- Less maintenance (you won’t have to repaint the exterior)
- Weather and storm-proof
- Costs less
There aren’t too many cons of vinyl siding for a new home, but there are some facts to consider. Vinyl siding is not as fire-resistant as its counterpart. Plastic melts, so this may not be the best material for homes in hot climates as your siding may warp in the sun. This material comes in various designs and colors, so you can quickly find something that suits your taste but you won’t be able to repaint or change the color of vinyl siding later. Also, because it is plastic, vinyl has a more manufactured look than Hardie Plank siding, and this aesthetic difference is a big deciding factor.
Everything About Hardie Plank Siding
Hardie Plank siding is manufactured by the James Hardie company, known for quality materials and an eco-friendly outlook. Hardie fiber cement siding is made from a mixture of Portland wood and cement, made to look like natural wood boards, and is directly nailed to your house. It’s pricier, but it lasts at least 20 years, and is easy to clean.
Pros Hardie Plank siding include:
- Can be painted or stained
- Comes in a variety of patterns and designs
- Great for maintaining the appearance of historic homes
- Made from sustainable materials
- Known for keeping pests out
Neither vinyl nor fiber cement is particularly effective at conserving energy. Both require that the home has some layer of insulation installed. Many prefer fiber cement siding for its natural look, even though it does require some maintenance over the years. Fiber cement is also more customizable and has many options for those looking to spruce up the look of their home.
If you’re unsure which type is best for you, contact Classic Construction at 804-794-5690 or get a free quote online. Our friendly experts are happy to talk you through the process and suggest the best materials based on your budget, needs, and lifestyle.