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Is Vinyl or Fiber Cement better? How to Choose Your New Home Exterior

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 @ 11:07 AM

Which is a better new home exterior siding type, Vinyl or Fiber Cement?

How to Choose Your New Home Exterior in North Carolina


How to Choose a Siding | New Home Exterior Styles

1. Vinyl Exteriors

Vinyl exterior siding is usually composed of PVC (polyvinyl chloride).

Vinyl siding is popular because it is:

 - Cost effective

 - Very low maintenance (never needs repainting and can be easily cleaned if necessary)

 - Available in a wide variety of colors, tones, and thicknesses (with thickness being one factor of overall cost)

- Easily "dressed up" with accents like Shakes and Board/Batt


2. Fiber Cement Exteriors

Hardi Exterior

Fiber cement is another popular choice for North Carolina new homes.

Fiber cement siding is sought after because it is:

-designed to mimic the look and feel of wood grain

- stronger than traditional wood siding and able to withstand the elements (weather, heat, termites)

- able to be painted in an infinite array of colors


Fiber Cement siding does require much more regular maintenance than vinyl siding, including full repainting.

Fiber cement siding accents can come in many different shapes and styles (such as Board and Batt and Shake).

Some communities with an HOA require fiber cement siding on all new homes, so check with the neighborhood HOA or your builder for specific restrictions.


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