Exterior siding (also called cladding) is the outermost surface of your home. The type of siding on your house impacts both your curb appeal and maintenance requirements. The two types of siding material we recommend to our North Carolina homeowners are vinyl, and fiber cement. We’ll explain the pros and cons of each material and help you choose the best option for your new home and family’s needs.
Vinyl is a tough, plastic material that is more affordable and easier to maintain that fiber cement. It is one of the most commonly used siding materials, and is weather resistant. If you prioritize ease of maintenance, vinyl would be a wise option.
- Easier to replace/repair
- More weather resistant
- More affordable
- Easy to maintain – just requires occasional washing
- Comes in various profiles for more design options
- Not as many color options
- Cannot be painted so if sections fade, they will need to be replaced
- Not as high-end of a look
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement is a mixture of sand, cement, and cellulose. It provides more design options and is a higher-end product than vinyl. If you’re looking to improve your curb appeal, fiber cement is the better option for you.
- More color customization options
- A variety of texture options are available (including wood grain)
- Higher-end look
- More expensive
- Can absorb moisture, so it’s more weather intolerant
- Higher maintenance – requires painting every few years
Whether you’re interested in low maintenance or a luxury look, both vinyl and fiber cement are great exterior siding options for your new home. Whichever you decide is right for you and your family, we look forward to working with you to build a house you can truly call home.
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