How Vinyl Siding Compares to Other Materials

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Siding is a great option for your home if you want to improve its exterior appearance and protect its interior. One of the most popular siding materials among homeowners is vinyl. Made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin, vinyl siding typically lasts 20 to 40 years, but it can last up to 60 depending on whether it is properly maintained.

Lucky for you, it’s a very easy material as far as maintenance goes. You merely need to clean it with soap and water once a year and inspect it for damage due to mold, insects, water, or sunlight. But if your vinyl siding has been installed properly, you likely won’t have these issues. Another reason it is a popular material is because it is less expensive than other materials at only $3 to $7 per square foot. It’s also the most versatile of siding materials because it’s available in many different styles and literally hundreds of colors.

Vinyl siding is great, but how does it compare to other siding materials? Here are a few key points:

Fiber Cement

  • made of cement, sand, and cellulose
  • lasts up to 50 years
  • termite and fire resistant
  • fewer color choices than vinyl
  • more expensive than vinyl


  • often made of aluminum or steel
  • lasts about 50 years
  • insect resistant, mold resistant, and fireproof
  • few color options
  • more expensive than vinyl


  • lasts about the same amount of time as vinyl
  • a great insulator with a high R-value
  • can be painted any color
  • if painted, needs frequent touch-ups
  • high maintenance
  • one of the most expensive siding materials

At Carolina Custom Roofing Services, we offer siding installation, repair, and replacement. If you’re interested in vinyl siding, contact us and ask for your free inspection and estimate. We would love to answer your questions and provide you with vinyl siding that you’ll love!