Popularity for Fiber Cement Siding Increasing, but Vinyl Continually Improving

 width=When you work in the home remodeling industry, a lot of clients inquire about siding. A common question we hear is: Which material is better for the home, fiber cement or vinyl? While we explain the differences and similarities of the products, the choice remains up to you.

Fiber cement has risen up the popularity charts, but is still trailing vinyl siding in terms of revenue and market share. So, what makes one stand out from another? Well, we all have different tastes, and because we are siding contractors in Prince William County that are certified installers of both vinyl and James Hardie fiber cement, we’ll work with you to determine which material is best for your house.

Let’s take a look at some of the features of each material, this way you have a better understanding when it comes time to remodel the exterior of your Northern Virginia home.

Fiber cement is made to resemble a wood grain structure of sorts, containing sand, cellulose fibers, and Portland cement. If you were to drive by a house that has a wood siding, and then fiber cement on the house next door, you’d probably have a tough time distinguishing one material from another. Many people choose fiber cement due to its wood grain appeal, but what else are you getting?


  • Noncombustible: the material won’t catch fire.
  • Variety of shapes: square shingles, half rounds, vertical, lap, trim boards, octagons, and more.
  • Weather Resistant/Durable: during all kinds of weather, the fiber cement will withstand from rotting and cracking.
  • Design Creativity: Use various color combinations, molding the fiber into a specific shape and size. It’s flexible and you have control.
  • Cost and Maintenance: Very affordable and little to no maintenance is required. James Hardie comes with a 15-year finish warranty, providing a durable and strong look.

Vinyl siding is a plastic siding that has long been the leading siding installation material in the country. With the ease of installation, and variety of colors, the plasticity of vinyl gives an attractive appeal that is easy to care for. Like fiber cement, you’re getting much more.

  • Quiet: the vinyl plastic absorbs outside noise, leaving you to enjoy the comfort of your home.
  • Energy efficient: helps reduce heat loss, and keeps air/heat circulating without escaping your home. You can even buy vinyl with built-in insulation.
  • Thickness: Choose your thickness wisely. The thicker it is, the more durable it is, the longer it lasts, and the better it withstands damage.
  • Ease of Maintenance: Vinyl cannot be painted, and the material can be thoroughly cleaned through a simple washing with a hose. The color you choose is the color you’re left with for the duration of your vinyl siding. Plus, the material won’t rot or disintegrate.
  • Cost: Very affordable, and prices vary depending on thickness.

Both materials have a plethora of colors and different combinations to choose from, and vinyl is continually introducing new, bold colors to maintain its lead in the cladding choice battle. You’ll know a siding contractor in Prince William County from Sunshine Contracting Corporation is on your side, and the installation will be completed to ensure optimal results on the new look of your home. In the end, it’s up to you which material you want, but we’ll offer our support and opinion to make the decision easier.

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