If it’s time for new siding on your home, you have many options. Most homeowners choose either vinyl or fiber cement siding. We get many questions from homeowners looking to replace their siding as to which option is best. Because we are both a vinyl and fiber cement siding installer, we know that both products are options for homes throughout Arlington, Manassas, Fairfax and the rest of northern Virginia. However, the products differ significantly.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is the less expensive of the two siding options. It’s also the lowest maintenance. All it needs is an occasional rinse when it gets dirty. Today’s vinyl siding is superior to what may be on your home today. Most new vinyl siding comes with a warranty of 50 years or more. Manufacturers can offer these extended warranties (some of which can be passed to subsequent owners) because today’s vinyl siding is stronger and installation methods have improved helping prevent wind damage. And, it comes in countless styles that look more like real wood siding than ever before, thanks to new manufacturing techniques. There are many color options and the color is much more resistant to fading than older siding.

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement siding is stronger and more durable than vinyl as it is made of a combination of wood fibers and cement, hence its name. Although it is available pre-finished, you also have the option of painting it whatever color you’d like. Prefinished fiber cement siding won’t require repainting for about 15 years. If you choose to paint yours, you’ll need to re-paint in about ten years. When qualified fiber cement siding installers install your new siding, your home will be virtually impervious to pests. And, if they use an insulative house wrap beneath your siding, your home will be more energy efficient.

We’re Both Vinyl & Fiber Cement Siding Installers

As a James Hardie® fiber cement siding installer, we find their product more durable and longer lasting than any other fiber cement product on the market. However, we do understand that it’s not right for every home or situation which is why we also offer several brands of quality vinyl siding. If you’re looking for new siding, Windows & Siding Unlimited will help you choose not only the right product, but the right color and style. Call us today for your free estimate at (703) 468-4769 or fil out our contact form.