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Which Siding Has the Best ROI — James Hardie Fiber Cement or Vinyl?

While there are many factors to consider when deciding between vinyl or fiber cement for your siding replacement, one of the most significant is the return on investment (ROI) you can expect with each option. In Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, fiber cement siding delivers one of the best ROI for siding materials, making it a smart choice. And vinyl offers the subsequent best ROI for replacement siding materials, ensuring it’s a viable choice.  

Learn why the ROI for both vinyl and fiber cement are significant and why fiber cement offers the higher of the two.

Why Fiber Cement or Vinyl Siding Yields a Good ROI

Buyers Will Love How It Provides Excellent Insulation and Energy Efficiency

  • Fiber Cement This siding is thick, and its energy efficiency can be enhanced with an underlayment. It has an R-value of .5, which indicates it offers good insulation, increasing indoor comfort and shielding your home from extreme temperatures.
  • Vinyl This cost-effective siding has an R-value of .6, so it insulates well. For heightened energy efficiency, choose insulated vinyl siding.

You’ll Love How Siding Boosts Your Home Value

  • Fiber Cement When it comes time to sell your home, first impressions matter, and the beauty of fiber cement is tough to match. It is so thick and has such a deep texture that it can mimic the look of wood, yet does so without wood’s tedious maintenance requirements.It comes in a variety of styles, including horizontal lap siding, contemporary vertical siding, board and batten, and cedar shake style. Fiber cement trim is also available, ensuring your home will excel in aesthetics and be well-sealed from moisture.
  • Vinyl This siding is too thin to have deep textures that allow it to mimic the look of wood like fiber cement siding does. Its appearance is good initially, but can diminish over time because it is easily dented and may fade if you choose a dark color.

Buyers Will Love Its Lasting Color that Makes Your Home Stand Out

  • Fiber Cement If you choose the top fiber cement produced in the industry—James Hardie—you get the benefit of factory-baked-on color. This uniform application of color cured between coats delivers a great ROI because it stays vibrant and looks as good as new for years to come. Its 15-year warranty ensures it won’t crack or peel. Hardie even presents winning color combinations for you to get the perfect look for your home, ensuring you will receive a fantastic ROI when it comes time to sell your home.
  • Vinyl The beauty of vinyl siding is that the chosen color has staying power. If you select a dark hue, it may fade over time, but the good news about vinyl’s color is that you never need to repaint it. This makes vinyl a lower maintenance siding material, giving homeowners more reason to expect a good ROI when it comes time to sell their home.

Buyers Will Value Its Lasting Protection

  • Fiber Cement Known to last up to 50 years when it is installed by a reputable team of professionals (like us!) and maintained well, fiber cement siding is one of the most durable, long-lasting siding materials available today. The makeup of fiber cement is engineered to last. A combination of cement, sand, cellulose fibers, and water, fiber cement resists pests, moisture intrusion, and fire. Its enduring makeup gives homeowners and potential buyers confidence in its protection for years to come.
  • Vinyl — Known to last up to 20 years, vinyl siding begins to age after about ten years. It is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), meaning it tends to dent, crack, and become compromised over time due to the gaps in it. Over time, pests and moisture can work their way behind vinyl siding, compromising your home’s protective layer. If left unaddressed, pest intrusion and moisture penetration can lead to foundation problems. This is one reason vinyl siding is not as durable or long-lasting as fiber cement siding and its ROI is not as strong as fiber cement.

Potential Buyers Appreciate Low Maintenance!

  • Fiber Cement — Hardie siding should be washed twice a year with a garden hose and nylon brush. It may need to be painted approximately every 15 years. Other than that, just keep an eye on its caulking. If its caulk starts to deteriorate, replace it as a simple DIY project.
  • Vinyl Regular cleaning and washing are necessary to keep vinyl siding from staining. If water gets behind the vinyl during cleaning, mold may result, so take extra care while washing it. Do a visual inspection of your siding after every major storm to ensure you don’t have any missing, broken, or cracked panels. If you find damage after a storm, repair it promptly or hire a contractor to fix it and prevent further damage.

Buyers Appreciate How It Stands up to Extreme Weather

  • Vinyl siding — This versatile siding is best suited for regions that don’t experience extreme cold or extreme heat. The reason? Vinyl can become brittle in frigid temperatures, making it susceptible to cracking.
Is James Hardie Siding right for your home?

Our “Complete Hardie Siding Guide” can help you decide.

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"Jake Preston is amazing! We had wind damage to our roof. Jake assisted us through every step. Making sure we had no unanswered questions. His professionalism and kindness is unmatched. The crew was respectful and detailed oriented. Thank you Jake and American Way!"

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"Replaced the existing siding on my home. Contact and price were discussed thoroughly during the initial discussions. Workers arrived at the scheduled time and were professional in the removal, new installation, cleanup, and onsite conduct. Communication between supervisors, installers and myself was on a daily basis and any issues were addressed immediately. Would not hesitate to use this company again or recommend them."

Beecher R.

"We chose American Way Exteriors to replace our old vinyl siding with Hardie board siding and trim. Throughout the entire process we found the team to be very professional and receptive to our questions about the project. They were constantly in touch with us about when work would start, what to expect each day of the project, and followed up to see if we had concerns. As the project began it was very apparent our house had suffered from poor installation by the builder years ago. The American Way team worked to fix the problems, keeping us well informed along the way. We could not be happier with the finished project both cosmetically and structurally. This is definitely a company we highly recommend exterior projects!"

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