Vinyl Siding vs. Fiber Cement Siding Cost: 2021 – Side by Side Comparison

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.

fiber cement lap siding porch

According to, 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.

Price Factor

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.

Average Cost To Install New Siding Typical Range: $5,240 - $8,130
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Total Cost Verdict: based strictly on which option is more budget friendly, vinyl would be a clear winner.

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LP SmartSide Siding Cost vs. Fiber Cement HardiePlank Siding in 2021

LP Smartside siding on a house

Updated on July 21st, 2021

The top two engineered lap siding brands are the defending champion HardiePlank fiber cement and the up-and-coming contender LP SmartSide engineered wood siding.

LP SmartSide Siding on a cabin style home

This guide covers the HardiePlank vs. LP SmartSide comparison from all angles that matter to a homeowner – Looks, durability, cost of materials and installation, and more. We’ll uncover the differences between the two to help you decide which one fits your project requirements better.


Expect to pay between $8.50 and $14.00 per square foot to install LP SmartSide siding. For HardiePlank siding, your costs will between $9.00 and $14.50 per square foot installed.

Note: LP’s SmartSide relative cost advantage is due to slightly lower material and installation costs thanks to its lighter weight.

The possible cost range is broad, however, based on factors spelled out below. This table breaks down costs for these two leading siding alternatives to natural wood.

HardiePlank LP SmartSide
Material Cost per sq.ft. $2.50 – $4.50 $2.50 – $4.50
Installation Cost per sq.ft. $6.00 – $10.00 $6.00 – $9.50
Total Cost Range per sq.ft. $8.50 – $14.50 $8.50 – $14.00
Average Cost per sq.ft. $10.50 – $13.50 $9.50 – $12.50
Cost to Value Recouped 69% – 86% 70% – 87%
Average Cost To Install Hardie Siding Typical Range: $9,350 - $14,210
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As you can see in the table above, these are comparably priced materials, so unless you’re watching pennies very closely, this probably won’t be the deciding factor.

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