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Cladding Materials: Vinyl vs. Fiber Cement Siding

Vinyl and fiber cement siding are the front-runners when it comes to modern cladding materials. Both materials have overcome the weaknesses of wood; they don’t rot and aren’t as high maintenance. Between these two siding materials, however, one has outperformed the other.

Cladding Materials: Vinyl vs. Fiber Cement Siding

Today, Colonial Remodeling, a leading home remodeling company in the area, discusses why fiber cement siding is better than an ordinary vinyl siding system.

Fire Resistance

Unlike vinyl, fiber cement siding won’t succumb to fire. James Hardie® siding is made of cement-like materials and cellulose wood fibers. This unique composition makes this it fire resistant. Contrarily, your vinyl siding will warp in response to extreme heat.


Siding installation is a great idea when you want to revamp your home’s architectural design. Choosing between vinyl and fiber cement siding is easy when you consider aesthetics. Since vinyl is thinner than fiber cement siding, it does not showcase the deep texture that you get with fiber cement. In addition, fiber cement siding is available in a wider range of colors than vinyl.


Both vinyl and fiber cement siding can resist moisture, which makes them better choices than traditional wood siding. Vinyl siding, however, is prone to cracking and warping, while fiber cement siding is not.


Vinyl siding is more economical than fiber cement cladding, but when it comes to quality, it’s clearly behind the curve. Knowing that vinyl isn’t as durable as its fiber cement counterpart should make you reconsider your choice.

Entrust your siding installation project to a trusted company like Colonial Remodeling. We install James Hardie siding to help reinvigorate your home’s look and boost its weather protection. Call us today at (703) 822-7222 to learn more about our products and services. We serve residents of Arlington and nearby areas in VA.

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