What is the Best Siding

What are the advantages of Fiber-cement siding vs. cedar clapboards? I am planning to build a home in the northeast.

The covenants for the development do not allow vinyl siding so I would like something that doesn’t require too much painting.
Dryvit is too expensive.


Hi Rick

For those who don’t know, Clapboard is also known as bevel siding or lap siding or weather-board (with regional variants as to the exact definitions of these terms). It is a “board” used typically for exterior horizontal siding that has one edge thicker than the other and where the board above laps over the one below.

Boards can be made of many different materials.

Photo courtesy of Boston Cedar

The main difference between cement fiber siding & wood can best be summarized by this excerpt from the NAHB Research Center:

“For homeowners that want the look of wood but don’t want the hassles and costs associated with it, fiber-cement siding may be a satisfactory alternative. This product is available from several manufacturers in a variety of textures that are said to provide the appearance of wood. Fiber-cement siding should be more durable than wood — it is termite-resistant, water-resistant, non-combustible, and warranted to last 50 years.”

Fiber Cement photo Courtesy of Nichiha

As this is a siding cost budget issue (as it should be) as well as a siding maintenance issue for you, get siding estimates and bids and more information on fiber cement siding and cedar siding from local siding dealers and siding contractors and make the best decision you can.

A very important note: With any siding, expert professional installation is critical to preventing problems down the road.

Carl Heldmann (2016)

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