Today I have a guest blogger - Peter Martino from United Home Experts and Everlast:
If you're building an addition or remodeling a kitchen you very well may be in need of new siding. One of the most common questions we receive from homeowners is: Does Fiber Cement Siding Cost More Than Vinyl Siding?
The answer in most cases is yes. Fiber cement siding does cost more than vinyl siding, but there are great benefits to choosing fiber cement siding over vinyl siding. The first element to consider is the color of your house. Vinyl siding cannot be painted. If you choose vinyl siding, you are choosing the color your house will be for decades. Fiber cement siding, on the other hand, can be painted. It therefore leaves you with the flexibility to choose a new color for your home whenever you are ready for a new change. Fiber cement siding enables you to follow home design trends that appeal to you and your home style. If you want to consider a new color scheme in the future, then fiber cement siding is the better option for you. Once you do decide on the color that is right for you, fiber cement extends the life of the paint job. In addition to being able to choose from a variety of colors, fiber cement siding also comes in a lot more sizes and styles than vinyl siding, providing you with more versatility.
Again, fiber cement siding does cost more than vinyl siding, but it is also more durable. Fiber cement siding is a composite material made from sand, cellulose fibers and cement. These materials are formed together through a high-heat curing method. As a result, fiber cement siding has incredible strength and stability. Unlike vinyl siding, fiber cement siding will not warp or buckle over time nor will it dent. It is also very effective in keeping out bugs and animals. Fiber cement never rots and is often warranted for up to 50 years.
You may also read our detailed comparison of the cost of siding.
Peter Martino is the Marketing Director for United Home Experts and Everlast Composite Siding of New England in Ashland, Massachusetts. United Home Experts is the largest and one of the most experienced Siding Contractors in Boston.