When choosing a siding replacement for your house, you have a number of options to consider. But, while most people think wood is the way to go, the expense and upkeep of real wood siding can make it unrealistic for most homeowners. That’s why vinyl and fiber-cement siding are so common throughout the US. But, how do you choose between the two? Here is a quick rundown of the pros and cons of vinyl versus HardiePlank fiber-cement siding:
One of the main drawbacks of wood siding is that it highly susceptible to destructive insects and animals like termites, carpenter ants and woodpeckers. Vinyl and HardiePlank siding have zero appeal to wood-destroying pests. However, vinyl does have some weaknesses that you don’t find in fiber-cement siding.
Vinyl siding can be easily damaged by an errant lawn mower or garden spade. It is also prone to cracking during freezing winters, and warping in hot temperatures (on that note: don’t place your grill too close to your vinyl siding!)
HardiePlank on the other hand, is made of long, thin sheets of concrete, which means it can crack upon heavy impact, but it won’t warp or become brittle under severe weather conditions. So overall, HardiePlank is the more durable option.
When it comes to the threat of fire damage, concrete siding is the better option. HardiePlank fiber-cement siding is not explosive or flammable.
Vinyl siding is treated with fire retardant materials, which means it will help to slow down the spread of a fire, but will not stop it completely. And since, as mentioned above, vinyl siding is susceptible to heat damage, even a nearby fire that doesn’t even touch your home can end up severely warping and permanently damaging your vinyl siding.
Wood siding is highly desired because of its rich texture. But when it comes to recreating that texture, HardiePlank far outpaces its vinyl counterpart. Vinyl siding usually does have a wood-like textured relief on its surface, but the planks are simply too thin to allow for a realistic looking wood texture.
Since HardiePlank is about 2 1/2 times thicker than typical vinyl siding, it allows for deeper embossing, giving it a much richer texture that resembles real wood.
One area where vinyl has the edge on other siding options is price. But while it is true that vinyl is generally cheaper than most other materials, that cheapness often shows when it becomes easily damaged over time. So, when it comes down to it, HardiePlank and other high-quality fiber-cement boards are the clear winner when it comes to choosing either concrete or vinyl siding replacement options for your home.
The experts and Freeland Painting can help with all of your siding replacement needs. Give us a call today to learn more!