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Fiber Cement Siding VS. Vinyl Siding Replacement

The Pro's and Con's of Siding types in plain english.

Many homeowners find themselves asking which is better for their home – Fiber Cement or Vinyl siding? We’re going to discuss some of the pros and cons of the two types of siding so you are better able to decide which type is best for your home.


Fiber Cement SidingCement Siding



  • Offers an authentic, natural wood look

  • Choice of ANY color

  • Class A (1) Flame Spread Rating – Fiber Cement does not catch on fire and it won’t ignite.

  • Rot & decay resistant

  • Impervious to wood boring insects

  • Moisture resistant

  • 50-year limited transferable warranty




  • Has to be painted

  • Brittle & will crack from time to time with your back yard mishap or weather extremes

  • Requires experience for small repairs

Vinyl Siding



  • Offered in an assortment of colorsSiding Picture

  • Maintenance Free

  • Rot & decay resistant

  • Impervious to wood boring insects

  • Moisture resistant

  • Requires no special experience for repairs

  • Lightweight and easy to install

  • Pre-colored, does not require paint application




  • Limited color choice, comes pre-colored

  • Requires occasional, routine cleaning

  • Not allowed by many covenants

  • Requires certain details and accessories to allow for expansion and contraction

While both types of siding share some qualities, there is quite a difference.  The natural look of real wood is best found with the Fiber Cement Siding, while Vinyl Siding is more known for being maintenance free and more of an aesthetic look.

What about cost? Depending on the job specifications, the cost of low grade vinyl siding is usually lower than that of Fiber Cement installed cost, but in some instances – especially with premium insulated vinyl siding, the cost can be more expensive.

We understand that your home is an extension of your own personal style, which is why we offer a wide variety of options for homeowners to select from.

Call the Experts today at 316.821.9818 to discuss your siding needs; we want to be your Wichita Siding Company!