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

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.

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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 $7.50 to $9.50 per sq.ft. to install. Premium vinyl or insulated foam-back vinyl will run $9.50 to $12.50 per sq.ft. installed.

Expect to pay between $11.00 to $14.00 per square foot for the installation of standard fiber cement siding like HardiePlank or Allura.

For a typical American home (2,000 sq.ft of siding), the average total cost can range from $15,000 to $25,000 for standard vinyl siding. — Compare that to fiber cement which on the same house will cost between $22,000 and $28,000 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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CertainTeed Siding Options, Costs, Pros & Cons – The Ultimate Guide

CertainTeed offers siding products in traditional vinyl siding; polymer shakes and shingles and manufactured stone veneer. All three products are reviewed in this guide along with cost information, styles and the technology CertainTeed uses to create some of the top-selling siding in North America.

Why CertainTeed

CertainTeed Corporation, a subsidiary of Global 500 company Saint-Gobain, is one of the top three manufacturers of residential siding products in the US. Founded in 1904 as the General Roofing Manufacturing Company and headquartered in Malvern PA, they are North America’s top seller of exterior building products.

CertainTeed is known for providing high quality, reliable, and innovative siding products. In this guide, we provide you with all the details on each type of CertainTeed siding.

CertainTeed Vinyl Siding

Quality vinyl siding has shown to be a good investment in your home, adding curb appeal and delivering about a 70% to 75% return on your investment. Vinyl is CertainTeed’s largest offering in the siding market featuring a wide range of styles, profiles, and colors within their 10 collections. Below we review each collection including all the style options and siding profiles.


CertainTeed Mainstreet horizontal vinyl siding

The MainStreet collection comes in 7 styles including Clapboard with wood grain texture in 4”, 5” and 8” options, a 3” Clapboard with a brushed finish, a 6.5” Beaded with a brushed finish, and Dutch Lap 4” and 5” siding with wood grain texturing.

MainStreet vinyl siding is available in 25 colors from light to moderately dark grays and browns. The MainStreet panels are .042” thick, which is standard for midgrade siding, and it has a 9/16” panel projection, which is the distance the profile stands out from the wall.

MainStreet is a good choice for homeowners looking for an affordable siding with all of the benefits of a premium siding.


CertainTeed Monogram vinyl siding

This is a step up in quality from MainStreet. One of the best features of the Monogram collection is the extended length of the boards. Boards are available in 16’, 20’, and 25’ lengths which will significantly reduce the number of seams per side of your home by about 50%.

Monogram features the rich look and deep texturing of natural cedar. CertainTeed offers it in 4” and 5” Clapboard and 5” Dutch Lap profiles. This premium CertainTeed siding is available in 32 solid colors and 7 blends. The blends nicely mimic the appearance of semi-transparent stains.

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