Updated on July 21st, 2021
While vinyl siding is among the two most popular options of siding in America, fiber cement siding continues to grow in market share. In a side by side comparison between the two, they both have strong and weak points. Let’s explore.
According to JamesHardie.com, fiber cement wins in a landslide over vinyl. But let’s take a more nuanced approach to this ongoing battle.
Top Comparison Factors
There are several factors to consider in what makes for quality siding. Some are weighted stronger than other considerations, but it’s up to you to decide what you value most. Here are the factors that are often considered most important.
The bottom line, or total cost of siding installed, is often the chief consideration for most homeowners. Vinyl is well known as the most economical siding available.
The basic, hollow-back, version costs just $6.50 to $7.50 per sq.ft. to install. Premium vinyl or insulated foam-back vinyl will run $7.50 to $12.50 per sq.ft. installed.
Expect to pay between $8.50 to $14.50 per sq.ft. for the installation of standard fiber cement siding like Hardie Plank or Allura.
For a typical American home (2,000 sq.ft of siding), the average total cost can range from $13,000 to $25,000 for standard vinyl siding. — Compare that to fiber cement which on the same house will cost between $17,000 and $29,000 fully installed.
Total Cost Verdict: based strictly on which option is more budget friendly, vinyl would be a clear winner.