The first thing people notice about your home is the exterior, which means your siding is much like a first impression. If your siding needs repair, has faded or seems outdated, that first impression may not be what you want it to be. TEMA Roofing has been installing, repairing and replacing siding for decades and we can help bring your home back to its original beauty with fiber cement siding vs vinyl siding.
What is Fiber Cement Siding?
Fiber cement contains water, wood pulp, fly ash or silica sand and cement. The water dissolves the wood pulp while also activating and hardening the cement while the fly ash or silica sand act as a filler. The wood pulp makes the cement harder while the cement binds everything together. Fiber cement looks like real wood or masonry, but is more durable as it contains concrete.
Fiber Cement vs Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding never requires painting while fiber cement does require periodic painting as well as occasional caulking. Vinyl is available in a wide range of colors, but because fiber cement can be painted, the color options are endless. It is also possible to purchase fiber cement in pre-painted colors, reducing the frequency that it must be painted in the future. Both vinyl and fiber cement have high energy efficiency ratings. Fiber cement is more environmentally friendly as it is made from natural materials. Fiber cement also has a longer life expectancy with some manufacturers reporting siding that lasts between 30 to 50 years. Fiber cement is slightly more expensive than vinyl, but the longer life expectancy brings that cost down somewhat over time.
Fiber Cement Siding Options
Fiber cement is available in many different types and options, each with its own unique benefits and looks. They include:
- Clapboards – Available in smooth, wood-grain or rough-sawn treatments in widths from five to twelve inches. Clapboards can be used on a wide range of home styles, from contemporary to historic.
- Shingles – Available in strips of four to twelve feet or as single shingles. The shingles may be straight or could have scalloped edges. They are often used to give the appearance of natural wood shake siding.
- Stone, Brick or Stucco – Available in panels and provide the appearance of masonry. The panels allow joints to be covered or for trim to remain exposed and are significantly less expensive than real stone, brick or stucco.
Call TEMA Roofing Your Fiber Cement Experts
Fiber cement is heavier than other types of siding and it is prone to cracking or breaking if not handled properly. Therefore, it is critical that you choose a siding contractor with experience in the repair, replacement or installation of fiber cement. TEMA Roofing has been installing fiber cement on homes just like yours for decades. Their experienced technicians can inspect your project and guide you through the entire process.
If you are considering fiber cement siding vs vinyl, contact TEMA Roofing today to see how we can help. You can reach us by phone or complete the easy form on their website to learn more.