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Differences Between Wood Siding vs. Fiber Cement

Do you know what type of siding is best for your property? Having the right protection and aesthetic appeal is critical when building a residential home, commercial office, or doing renovations. 

Different siding materials have different benefits and drawbacks, and in this blog, we will compare the advantages and disadvantages of wood and fiber cement siding.

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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WOOD SIDING AND FIBER CEMENT SIDING

Wood and fiber cement are among the most popular exterior siding options for property owners. Each choice has its pros and cons:

WOOD SIDING

Wood siding is applied to the outside of a building structure to provide protection from the elements. Wooden frames made from plywood line the exterior walls of most modern homes. Then, a house wrap gets installed over the frames for a second protective layer. 

Lastly, the exterior walls are lined with wooden siding panels, which add style, insulation, and a third layer of protection. Most wooden siding panels are available in plywood, shingles, clapboard, or rectangular plank. 

The benefits of wood siding include: 

  • Easy replacement
  • Aesthetic flexibility, since it can be painted or stained any color of your choice

The main drawback of wood siding is that it can become damaged by termites, water, or insects.

FIBER CEMENT SIDING

Fiber cement siding contains a combination of cement, cellulose fibers, sand, and water. Together, these materials provide the highest level of durability, flexibility, and protection. We often use fiber cement siding on residential homes and commercial properties since it is long lasting, economical, and easy to maintain. 

Here are the primary advantages of fiber cement siding: 

  • Unlike wood siding, it’s impervious to fire, moisture, temperature changes, and insects. 
  • It’s significantly lighter than brick and stone. 
  • Fiber cement siding typically comes in clapboard and shingles, which can be painted or stained.
  • It can emulate wood and other textures. 

At Top Form Contracting, we offer James Hardie fiber cement siding, which is one of the world’s leading siding options. (Learn more about our siding installation services here.)

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Top Form Contracting is Albany’s top choice for siding installations. We’re a family-owned business committed to providing optimal siding services to homeowners and business owners in Oregon. Let’s work together. 

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