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Fiber Cement Siding vs. Vinyl Siding – How Do They Compare?

The TRUE Cost Of Replacing Siding In The St. Louis Metro Area

Fiber Cement Siding vs. Vinyl Siding

Fiber cement siding and vinyl siding are both popular options for St. Charles County or St. Louis County homes. Both offer durable, energy efficient alternatives to wood siding, and they even have similar appearance. You’ll often hear us say that we only offer Hardie fiber cement siding because it’s the best on the market. However, we don’t like to say that just to say it Let’s compare Hardie fiber cement with vinyl siding to see which option truly stands out.


Both fiber cement and vinyl siding come in a variety of colors, and both can be styled to resemble a wood grain appearance, thus offering the look and feel of wood with far less maintenance than actual wood siding. They’re both available in a number of styles. However, Hardie fiber cement is thicker, and the grooves made to create the wood grain effect run a little deeper, giving it a more authentic feel.


Both fiber cement and vinyl are synthetic and durable. However, vinyl is thinner and less sturdy than fiber cement. While it does resist fire, it can still warp in the face of extreme heat in the midst of a St. Louis County or St. Charles County summer. Fiber cement is thicker and better able to resist extreme weather. While both resist effects like mold and rot, fiber cement siding also helps to keep out rodents and other pests.


Both of these options are energy efficient and can help you to save money on your heating and cooling bills. Vinyl has a slight edge on fiber cement here when it’s installed with foam-backed insulation. However, that is not always the case, and foam-backed vinyl is more expensive. Hardie fiber cement stands up to standard vinyl in terms of energy efficiency, and it’s made with all sustainable materials, so it’s far more energy efficient to manufacture.


Here, vinyl siding seems to have one up on fiber cement siding. It is one of the most affordable siding materials on the market, at least in terms of upfront costs. But consider the long-term here, as well. Hardie fiber cement siding has the best ROI on the market today, lasting longer than vinyl, offering strong energy efficiency, and even boosting your home value. Thus it might be worth the initial investment for all of the benefits that follow.

As they say, you get what you pay for.


Want to learn more about what fiber cement siding can do for your St. Louis County or St. Charles County home? Contact XteriorPRO today for more information or for a free quote.