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obrien11j 08-13-2006 07:35 PM

Siding Options Vinyl vs. Fiber Cement
I am building a new house. I can get a good deal on the James Hardy fiber cement siding. I really do not like the look of vinyl or how it trim out around windows, however I have heard that the fiber cement siding will show more wall imperfections than the vinyl. I am also considering aluminum siding but I doubt there is enough value vs. added costs.

So I am leaning towards the fiber cement. Anyone had any negative experiences with this regarding final look or maintenance. Thanks

powrus 08-20-2006 09:05 AM

This may all come down to a matter of personal taste. Personally, I see Fiber Cement siding as a superior product when compared to vinyl siding, for several reasons.

Just my 2 cents worth.

747 08-20-2006 09:32 AM

I went with vinyl last year i didn't know that hardi came prepainted in different colors from manufacturer. If i would have known that i would have went with it. I say hardi all the way.

powrus 08-20-2006 12:24 PM

I should probably just leave my 2 cents worth (above) and let others voice their opinions, but since installing vinyl on my home 10 years ago I have been an UNhappy camper. Regardless of the quality of vinyl siding, you cannot escape the seams, the expansion/contraction factor, the need for occasional cleaning, and the myriad of insects living between the vinyl and the exterior wall boards.

This product (vinyl) is extremely popular due to cost and/or installation ease. Entire subdivisions now show off their look-alike sidings. Certainly less maintenance than painted surfaces and great for cover-up applications over weathered and deteriorating siding ... but that's about the end of the "positives" ...... (IMHO).

Builtrite Residential 08-20-2006 02:44 PM

Hardi plank is a far superior product in my book trimmed out with azek. I guess the downfall is the caulking recomendations for the expansion gaps but if prepainted boards and colored caulking I feel the hardi plank is the right choice in my opinion.

mostlyprobably 01-28-2011 06:25 PM

two cents from someone COMPLETELY clueless ;)
I am redoing the entire exterior of my house, windows, doors, siding, and roof. I am a noob to this whole remodeling business (so who knows why I bought a fixer upper anyway? oh... price tag...) but in my research, the fiber cement siding seems to be a much better deal in every way possible but the price tag. We have aluminum siding on the house right now and as a result, the house looks even junkier than it is. I will pay more for fiber cement and do my part for the environment than put vinyl on my house.

Tom Struble 01-28-2011 06:37 PM

not a big fan of the standard fiber cement panels,too small of a panel projection reminds me of the old asbestos siding,there are thicker fc products out there that more closely resemble wood siding but are considerably more expensive,as far as material i don't see a big difference why it is better than vinyl...different not better

Inergy 02-01-2011 04:59 PM

WE just went with hardi. Easy to work with but man is that stuff heavy.

bernieb 02-01-2011 06:04 PM

Consider this.....white vinyl siding reflecks heat in the summer, goes up quick, last a very long time, just don't nail up tight, and can be installed with insulating backer boards, even helps to keep siding from getting wavy (a problem with vinyl) . If you have any outside wall plumbing, you can remove vinyl siding much quicker for repairs, instead of tearing out cabinets, or ceramic tile for the repair. What state do you live in?

forresth 02-01-2011 06:32 PM

Vinyl looks like crap when its fresh and doesn't age well.

Tom Struble 02-01-2011 06:48 PM

well that's just in your limited opinion but i'll give you the ageing well part,that's mostly because people have been told it maintenance free but there is no such thing with any siding product

kwikfishron 02-01-2011 06:52 PM

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Remember the days were things weren’t covered in plastic and cement?

Don’t be disillusioned that Vinyl or Hardi are forever or maintenance free.

I like Wood, it has character and sometimes even personality that you’ll never get with today’s alternatives IMO.

Tom Struble 02-01-2011 06:56 PM

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i'm with you Ron:thumbup:

here's an addition ive been working on recently

kwikfishron 02-01-2011 07:06 PM

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Now thatís what Iím talking about.

Looks great Tom.:thumbsup:

loneframer 02-01-2011 07:13 PM

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I've installed many types of siding, but I put vinyl on my own home. Price was a big consideration, but moreso, value for my dollar.

All siding products have positives and negatives. Personally, I don't find vinyl all that offensive.

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