Fiber cement siding has been making a lot of waves in the construction community for years now, and demand for the material has steadily gone up among homeowners year after year. It's not surprising when you look at the benefits that come with fiber cement, either; it's strong, resilient, completely recyclable, and it can be made in a variety of colors and patterns to fit any palate. While it's swept aside competition from wood and vinyl siding, is fiber cement tough enough to take on aluminum siding?
Similar Benefits, But Very Different Materials
At a glance, metal siding and fiber cement provide a lot of the same benefits for homeowners. Both are resistant to damage from wind and rain, and neither of them are mold nor insect friendly. Aluminum and fiber cement are both recyclable and made from common materials. Both are attractive, and they come in a variety of colors and patterns.
Aluminum siding doesn't age well, though. In fact, aluminum siding is particularly bad at holding its color when subjected to regular sunlight. Not only that, but matching color for replacement siding to the siding that's still on the house is a near impossibility, which often means that to maintain a universal color when one piece of aluminum siding has to be replaced, all of them have to be replaced. Additionally, aluminum siding tends to dent fairly easily, which means that stray baseballs, hail, or even an attempt at power washing can all leave the siding looking more like the hood of a demolition derby car than the smooth, clean side of your home.
That's why fiber cement siding is steadily gaining ground. It provides all the benefits of its competitors, but with none of the negatives associated with using any of them.