Vinyl and fiber cement are two of the most popular siding options among homeowners and building professionals. Packed with amazing features, both are quite reliable and durable. If you’re choosing between these two siding types, siding and roof replacement expert Pritchett Roofing Inc. has some tips below.
Vinyl siding is typically made from PVC, and it can be designed to look like stone, cedar, or tile. It’s an ideal choice for homeowners who prefer natural aesthetics without the level of maintenance required by organic materials. However, take note that vinyl siding is not as thick as fiber cement, so its imitation of wood may not be as good as fiber cement. Its stone replica may also appear to be less textured due to a lack of depth.
When it comes to maintenance, vinyl siding does not require repainting unless you want a change of color. If you opted for a pre-painted material, experts recommend repainting it every five to 10 years with acrylic and/or urethane paint. While vinyl has good resistance to mold, rot, and insects, it is only considered a fire retardant. This means that vinyl may warp and melt during fires and extreme heat.
Fiber cement is the product of combining cellulose fibers, cement and sand. It resembles natural materials like stone and wood, and it’s often hailed for its durability and affordability. Moreover, fiber cement siding has a premium thickness that enables it to produce deeply embossed patterns and textures. It has great resistance to harsh weather and extreme conditions including fire. Furthermore, it is resistant to rot, mold, and insects too.
The price of fiber cement siding typically varies depending on the specific product, but on average it costs less than vinyl siding. For maintenance, fiber cement generally needs repainting every five to 10 years. If you’re thinking about environmental impact, fiber cement is the more eco-friendly option. Although vinyl is made from a highly recyclable material, fiber cement is composed of natural elements like wood fibers, cement, and silica. Its properties are also inert, meaning it won’t emit hazardous gases or chemicals when put in a landfill.
With nearly four decades of industry experience, Pritchett Roofing Inc. can deliver top-notch workmanship. We have expertise in roof repair and maintenance, siding installation, and more. Call us at (770) 345-1622 or fill out our contact form to request a consultation. We serve customers in Canton, GA.