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Which siding is better for you? - Fiber Cement Siding or Cedar Siding

Posted by Audrey Lichten

Apr 26, 2016



Are you looking to replace your decaying wood siding with some new shingles? Well, we know it can be a challenge deciding between the beautiful unique look of Cedar siding and the polished and durable option of Fiber Cement siding. So we’ve compiled some facts about these two siding options to help you make an informed decision as to what you want on the outside of your house.

Cedar Siding

Cedar siding is either made from Western Red Cedar or White Cedar. Often we see it in the form of shingles or “shakes” but it can be used as horizontal lap siding as well. There are many different styles that one can employ to customize their cedar siding to create the desired look. Many homeowners like the look of the wood grain, or it can be painted for a custom colored look. It can be treated with a stain or oil to enhance and preserve the fresh wood look or be left untreated to take on a silvery patina over time.

Cost: Cedar siding costs around $5 to $7 per square foot. But don’t forget to factor in maintenance costs! You’ll need to refinish your cedar siding with paint or stain every 3-5 years and pay for any repair costs to individual shingles or panels.  

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement is a product developed by James Hardie Building Products. It is a man-made siding product that is engineered specifically to protect the outside of homes. It is currently America's most popular brand of siding. Fiber cement siding comes primed and painted and should be installed by a James Hardie Preferred Installer like Peninsula Siding Company. It comes in multiple styles including lap siding, vertical panel siding or shingles. It also has different finish options to mimic wood grain in order to appeal to those ranging from modern homes to more rustic designs. It mimics the look of painted wood quite well, however it cannot replicate the pure wood look that a sealant or stain would provide on cedar siding.  But it has been approved to replace wood siding in some historical districts around the U.S.

Cost: Fiber cement costs around $3 to $4 per square foot for the materials. Maintenance costs for fiber cement siding are very limited. James Hardie guarantees no fading or chipping for up to 15 years. It also resists the warping, rotting and cracking that other siding types experience during harsh weather.

While cedar siding does provide a unique aesthetic for your home, fiber cement siding is a quality product and investment that can save you thousands of dollars in the long run, (not to mention saving some trees too!). If you’re in the market now for some fiber cement siding, contact Peninsula Siding Company for an estimate!

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