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Wood siding is simple to install. It is precision manufactured to standard sizes and is easily cut, fitted, and fixed in place with ordinary tools.
Though wood siding is beautiful, many regions in the US have restricted its use because of its high flammability rating. Wood siding is also prone to rot, cracking, mildew and bug infestation.
Fiber-cement siding has the look and feel of wood but is much more durable, especially in hot and humid climates. Fiber-cement siding has been praised for its excellent weather and termite resistance. It will not mildew or crack if it has been installed properly.
Both sidings can be installed by do-it-yourselfers, however fiber-cement siding creates a tremendous amount of dust when it is being trimmed. It is wise to follow all manufacturers’ safety instructions for dust reduction suggestions.
Manufacturer’s warranties for wood siding range from 20 to 40 years; fiber-cement can be warranted to last as long as 50 years. Wood siding generally needs more upkeep with frequent painting or staining. Repair work for wood siding is more involved and often can’t be completed by the homeowner.
Fiber-cement siding’s initial cost is more than vinyl siding, but a little less than the cost of wood.