COMPARING VINYL SIDING TO FIBER CEMENT
Home builder, author, and VSI consultant Fernando Page Ruiz talks about why he thinks vinyl siding is a better choice than fiber cement.WATCH NOW
Only vinyl and polymeric siding offer the architectural versatility to achieve any design vision, with a virtually unlimited selection of siding profiles, shapes, textures, and colors.
Today’s vinyl siding offers a lifetime of protection without the wood-based worries of painting, swelling, cracking, warping, or insect damage.
Unlike wood or fiber cement siding, vinyl siding is immune to water damage, meaning you never have to paint or caulk to seal out water. Fiber cement siding has a porous core that can absorb water, swell, rot, and degrade when moisture penetrates through gaps or cracks in the paint and primer. Vinyl siding can’t absorb water, and in fact actually helps a home’s walls breathe and dry out.
Vinyl siding, insulated siding, and polypropylene siding are the only exterior claddings with third-party product certification validated by an independent, accredited quality control agency.
Vinyl siding has the lowest installed cost of any home exterior cladding material, providing homeowners with lasting curb appeal and value from day one.
Vinyl never needs painting or caulking. It’s easy and inexpensive to maintain. Just clean with mild soap and water from a garden hose.
Insulated siding is now accepted as home insulation in various energy efficiency programs — including the checklist of building products or methodologies that can help meet the requirements to qualify under ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes.
Since vinyl siding does not require painting, staining, or caulking, no harmful solvents are released into the environment to maintain it. It’s energy-efficient and recyclable. Most products are certified and independently verified to meet or exceed unique quality standards and performance characteristics, and its “green” attributes are fully documented by the industry’s first environmental product declarations (EPDs).
Painted wood and fiber cement colors require regular upkeep. Vinyl siding colors won’t chip or peel like paint, and are available in more than 400 certified colors for trusted protection against fading.
Vinyl siding requires roughly half the installation time compared to other cladding options. Its highly engineered design allows for high-quality installation without the need for expensive and hard-to-find trade professionals.