Q: How much would it cost to replace the vinyl siding on the outside of my house with fiber cement siding? Would I quickly recoup the money by lower maintenance costs or energy savings?
A: We receive a lot of questions about fiber cement siding. The product continues to be a popular choice for home exteriors as an alternative to wood and vinyl siding.
In the simplest terms, fiber cement siding is a home siding product composed of cement, sand and wood fiber.
Homeowners and homebuilders praise the material for its durability and low upkeep cost.
As for your situation, I’d consider your reasons for replacement.
If you simply want to replace your siding for cosmetic purposes, it may not make financial sense, especially if your vinyl siding is still in good condition.
If it’s time to replace your vinyl siding, due to weather or discoloration, then fiber cement is a great option.
As I mentioned earlier, the product is known for durability and low maintenance cost, but it’s also fire-resistant and holds up well against pests and extreme weather conditions.
Fiber cement siding products generally come with a limited manufacturer warranty that can range anywhere from 30 to 50 years, which is welcome news to most homeowners.
Energy savings should be noticeable, too, because the product is effective at eliminating air leakage when installed properly.
Just don’t get too excited about those cost savings yet.
Fiber Cement Siding Cost
Fiber cement siding is more expensive than vinyl siding, and prices can vary widely based on materials and the job scope. Installation costs may also be higher because fiber cement is heavier than vinyl siding.
You can expect to pay around $6 to $10 per square foot for fiber cement siding installation, while vinyl typically runs $3 to $6 per square foot.
Your savings start to accrue down the road with fewer maintenance expenses, less repainting and lower energy bills.
Fiber cement siding offers numerous benefits as a replacement for vinyl siding. But it may take several years for your pocketbook to notice.
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