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Old 06-01-2013, 08:38 AM   #16
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Pros and cons lets look at it.Vinyl:
Pro it is final won't rot bugs don't eat it easily washes water proof. never needs painting.
cons, will warp when hot, not fire proof, cracks when cold and is hit, color is permanent, Can be painted if with the right paint. You know it is vinyl just by the look of it. it is made from toxic petroleum that when made at the factory the chemicals used are know carcinogens that people are exposed to who make it for you.
Hardi Plank siding or fiber cement:
Pro last for ever! Takes and hold paint very well, Fire proof, won't dent crack rot fall apart once hung, Bug proof.
Cons heavy, can cause lung damage if you don't wear the proper N95 NIOSHA dust mask when cutting. Boards break easy if you handle them wrong.
All in all if it were me I would do cement fiber on my home any day of the week. Here is why. I did put it on my home that I built had a sub contractors equipment 15 feet from my home catch fire no damage to my home the fire department had their thermal image camera going inside my home looking at the wall as they fought the fire out side the fire was so hot it was melting 1 inch steel flames 30 feet high. his stuff total loss my home unscathed. Had I put on vinyl to save 20% it would have cost me in loss of home.
So say you need 2000 dollars of cement siding? your only spending 400 extra dollars over the life of your home that is peanuts and chicken scratch.

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regarding installs.. ive seen both installed wrong.. the fibre cement installs that were done wrong were done by guys who just dont have a clue how to install siding or by guys who only know how to do vinyl

improper vinyl installs, done by guys who just dont know what their doing and just dont care.. or are subbing off general contractors who are paying them nickels per square when they should be getting paid dollars per square


as for fire proofing,, both are fire rated. the only difference with vinyl is that you have to have concrete board sheathing instead of plywood or osb.. the vinyl will melt and fall off the structure before it fully ignites
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as for fire proofing,, both are fire rated. the only difference with vinyl is that you have to have concrete board sheathing instead of plywood or osb.. the vinyl will melt and fall off the structure before it fully ignites
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I have seen it melt and fall off with a window pointed and orientated at it the wrong way.

If I lived anywhere near an area where they have fires, I would go FC all the way.

Most of the issues I see in the retrofit market when it comes to FC is lack of edge priming, flashing, and probably most disturbing...dust mitigation.
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regarding installs.. ive seen both installed wrong.. the fibre cement installs that were done wrong were done by guys who just dont have a clue how to install siding or by guys who only know how to do vinyl

improper vinyl installs, done by guys who just dont know what their doing and just dont care.. or are subbing off general contractors who are paying them nickels per square when they should be getting paid dollars per square


as for fire proofing,, both are fire rated. the only difference with vinyl is that you have to have concrete board sheathing instead of plywood or osb.. the vinyl will melt and fall off the structure before it fully ignites
Not in the states right over OSB or plywood a excrudded foam = fire hazard and the vinyl does burn great! Hardi plank nope not even with napalm.
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read my post. it has to be installed over concrete board. locally if one structure is added on to within 10 ft of another strucutre we have to use either fibre cemnt or vinyl over concrete board

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