Choosing a siding replacement material for your home is a highly personal decision that involves considering your budget, personal visual preferences, and how much durability is required to survive the weather in your area. Durable siding materials are lower maintenance and require less investment in future fixes. And durability doesn't always come at the cost of a higher price tag.

Fiber Cement

Fiber cement siding is made of a combination of cement and wood pulp. The resulting shingles can be crafted in a wide variety of colors and textures to evoke similar looks to wood clapboard, brick, and even stone siding.

The main advantages of fiber cement siding are the low cost and low maintenance nature of the product. Fiber cement is often at least one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest, siding materials available. The material is durable against the elements, rot, and insect damage.

The potential downside is its appearance. Fiber cement can mimic a lot of other building materials, but, like wood laminate or vinyl, there's still a bit of a visual difference between the fiber cement look and the real thing. Depending on your budget, you might consider an investment in the real brick or stone worth the cosmetic upgrade. But many homeowners will find fiber cement more than attractive on their home.

Vinyl

Vinyl siding has a relatively cheap cost, is durable against rot and insects and most weather, and can be fabricated in a variety of colors. The colors are essentially inside the siding rather than on top, so you won't experience chipped paint like you would with wood shingles.

If you want to do your own siding, vinyl is one of the best materials for do-it-yourselfers. The vinyl planks are very lightweight and easy to layer, trim, and fasten. You do want to make sure you don't fasten the planks too tightly or the vinyl can warp. If you do hire someone to do the siding, using vinyl can save on costs due to the wide availability of the material and the quick nature of its application.

Vinyl siding is somewhat vulnerable to heat damage and can bend or warp with continual exposure to direct sunlight. Cheaper vinyl siding can also yellow or fade under the heat of the sun. Vinyl siding is also prone to having moisture damage if water gets up under the overlapping siding pieces. Water damage can also cause bending or warping of the siding. Contact a company like Side-Pro, Inc. for more information.

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