Which is the better choice: vinyl or fiber-cement siding? Well, each one has its strengths so it all comes down to your needs and preferences.
For 20 years straight, vinyl siding has been the most popular type of siding among homeowners. What makes it so popular?
Ease of installation – Vinyl siding is lightweight so its installation shouldn’t take too long. It’s easier to attach siding panels if they’re not too heavy.
Resistance to common siding problems – Synthetic vinyl is also fairly durable. For one thing, it’s resistant to several common problems plaguing siding made from organic materials, such as mold, termite infestations and wood rot.
Ease of maintenance – You don’t need to do a lot of maintenance to preserve vinyl’s durability. A quick rinse every week or so is all that’s needed to keep vinyl siding free of stains.
Wide variety of design options – For homeowners concerned about their curb appeal, manufacturers offer a wide variety of vinyl siding that mimics the look and feel of premium siding materials, such as cedar, stone and tile.
Fiber Cement Siding
If you value durability over everything else, fiber cement siding would be a good choice, thanks to its:
Exceptional durability – Like vinyl, fiber cement siding is resistant to mold, pest infestations and rot. Plus, it’s durable enough to withstand extreme weather conditions.
Long lifespan – Well-maintained fiber cement siding can last up to 100 years.
Of course, maintenance can only do so much. Past a certain point, siding materials will start to deteriorate, and no amount of spring-cleaning can stop its degradation. As your siding, or any other part of your exterior for that matter, nears the end of its lifespan, you need to start preparing for a siding or roof replacement.
Rapid Roofing, a family-owned company with over 30 years’ experience in the industry, offers a wide range of professional exterior services, including siding installation and storm damage repair services. To get a free no-obligation inspection, call us at (812) 837-9654.