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Question:

what is the difference between vinyl siding and fiber cement board siding? i have heard that fiber cement is?

more upscale. is this true? is there a big difference in the look? how do they differ in appearance? whats so great about it?

Answer:

Vinyl siding, especially the cheapest grades have a plastic appearance. It's inexpensive and it doesn't dent like the old aluminum siding. It can be maintained with an occasional spray of the hose or power washer. It's usually a desireable selling-point --maintenance-free -- Cement board is more costly and requires painting. It does allow for changing the color of your house for the price of a fresh coat of paint. It's durable and long-lasting. It's usually molded with a wood-grain pattern and It has a noticeably more upscale appearance than vinyl. Some local ordinances prohibit vinyl siding due to its cheap appearance.
May 11, 2017
vinyl siding is a 90% maintenance free product that is on the lower end of the spectrum in regards to cost, durability, and appearance. Fiber cement is costly, heavy but very durable, needs to be painted, but will last virtually forever.
May 11, 2017
both of the above are true, vinyl is maintenance free but can look cheap, fake, and plastic. fiber cement is more expensive but looks rich, like real wood, and is virtually indestructible
May 11, 2017

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