Most homeowners try to blindly match their neighbors, when it comes to exterior siding. There is no need to follow such an approach. If you live in area, where every house uses vinyl siding, you can still go with fiber cement siding. The alternative is otherwise called cement board or Hardiplank. It has its own set of pros and cons. While making your choice, you need to consider looks, efficiency, material, maintenance and costs involved. Lets look at the pros and cons of Vinyl Siding vs Hardiplank.
Built and Looks
Vinyl siding is made of PVC, a rigid plastic material. The built allows it to expand and contract according to climate. It offers variety of decorative options. It is a bad insulator on its own, When combined with insulation component like lead, its R value is improved. Hardie plant is build from mix of wood pulp. You need to nail it to get it attached to your home. It comes in all shapes and can be painted in all colors. Hardie board lacks the right R value for insulation. However, it is the better Eco-friendly choice between the two.
Installation and Maintenance
Installation of siding is all about costs. Vinyl siding saves you $1 per every square foot. Installing vinyl siding is much easier and it involves no hammering. Vinyl siding doesn’t involve too much maintenance as Hardiplank does. Hardie plant has to be painted and caulked, least once in a decade. However a well maintained Hardiplank siding can last 50 years and more. Hardiplank generally comes with a 50 years warranty while Vinyl siding comes with a 25 years warranty.
If you consider all the discussed points, there is no clear winner in Vinyl Siding vs Hardiplank argument. It depends on how much time you wish to dedicate for maintenance. You need to consider investment and durability too. If you are skewed towards costs, Vinyl siding would be the automatic choice. If you care more for customization, Hardiplank cannot be overlooked.