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Vinyl Siding vs. Fiber Cement

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You have decided to change the exterior of your home, and now come many other questions and decisions you must make. There are many factors you must consider when choosing your cladding material. The one factor that most Naperville homeowners focus on is aesthetics. 

The type of vinyl siding vs. fiber cement you select will heavily impact your curb appeal and how happy you are when you pull into your driveway. You must also consider durability, maintenance, energy efficiency, and costs. Opal will sit down with you, discuss all of these factors, and find the best siding for you.

What Is Vinyl Siding? 

For the last two decades, vinyl siding has been the number one choice for homeowners across the country; it is made of PVC and is affixed to your home using a unique process that allows the material to expand and contract depending on the weather. When it comes to decorative options, vinyl siding has a plethora of options. You can find a siding option that works for any home. 

Aside from shingle and plank looks, there are also panel designs like:

  • Dutch lap
  • Board and batten
  • Clapboard 

Vinyl siding is thin and can protect your home from the elements. Taking it a step further, however, you can also choose an insulated option for better energy efficiency. You also have the option to affix the panels in a vertical design for added curb appeal. Maintenance requires spray cleaning on occasion with soap and water. 

What Is Fiber-Cement Siding?

Another popular siding option is fiber cement, made of wood pulp and cement. The materials combine to form shingles or longboards. You will see this siding throughout Naperville and the Chicagoland area. 

Installation is straightforward because contractors must affix it to your home using nails. The aesthetic options are vast, and you can choose from several shapes like staggered, square, half-round, or long plank boards. You can have the boards painted or stained, and there are pre-painted options. 

Which Siding Is Better?

When choosing siding for your Naperville home, you must consider materials, costs, and aesthetics. Some factors will impact your decision more than others, but they are all important. What many homeowners overlook when choosing windows are durability and maintenance. 

Choosing aesthetically pleasing siding is useless if the color does not last long and you cannot keep up with the maintenance. You want a siding that looks good for a long time. Opal has vinyl and fiber-cement siding options, and we find they are both great options for Naperville homeowners. 

Opal Can Help you Make the Right Decision 

If you need help deciding which type of siding is best for your home, our Opal team members are here to help. We have various siding options and can narrow down the options that will fit your needs. While you have a list of considerations, we also have tools to match you with the perfect siding. 

Visit our Naperville showroom to find vinyl or fiber cement siding that works for you.