3 Types of Siding: Fiber Cement vs. Vinyl vs. Composite Cladding

Choosing the right siding material for your home should be based on numerous factors, including aesthetics and cost. Additionally, it’s important to consider durability, performance and ease of maintenance. It’s one thing for your home to look good, but another for it to perform and fit into your lifestyle. Here to help make the right decision as seamless as possible, we compare three types of siding: fiber cement, vinyl and new composite cladding.

1. Composite Cladding

Watch out world, you’ve never seen cladding like this! ASCEND Composite Cladding is a first-of-its-kind solution, combining beauty, performance and easy installation for a product that wows. With tall exposures and the deeply grained look of real wood, if you’re in the market for a high-end look, ASCEND is for you. ASCEND requires no sealing, touching up, joint flashing or caulking upon installation, and minimal maintenance is needed to maintain its beauty–including no need for a costly paint job.

It’s the world’s first composite cladding engineered with a combination of Glass-Reinforced Polymer and Graphite-Infused Polystyrene, developed to achieve superior performance in tests for wind load and impact resistance, workability and flame/smoke spread. With a color palette of 20 gorgeous shades, ASCEND will work for any style of home–and maintain that just-installed look for as long as it’s installed!

2. Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is known for its classic appearance, durability, easy upkeep and great value. It’s friendlier on the environment than most other siding products, making it popular among environmentally-cautious homeowners. Its solid color panels won’t chip, flake or peel, and you can simply rinse it with a garden hose to remove most airborne dirt and dust. Vinyl siding is highly durable, standing up to almost any weather, and it is backed by a lifetime limited warranty, so you can sleep easy at night. Its ease of use is similar to ASCEND in that it requires less skill to install, and it requires no painting or touch-ups to keep it looking like new. Once installed, its beauty lasts and lasts! 

3. Fiber Cement 

Fiber cement adds character and a striking appearance to any exterior. It offers a realistic wood grain appearance, providing an upscale look for any home. However, unlike ASCEND and vinyl siding, fiber cement is not resistant to moisture and high winds, and it requires more work to maintain its beauty. It’s also more difficult to install compared to ASCEND and vinyl, requiring more skill, manpower and tools. It will require sealing, painting and joint flashing or caulking, so be prepared for more maintenance if you decide to go with fiber cement.

If you’re trying to decide on siding for your home, we hope this comparison helped! Upsides exist for all three options, but ASCEND truly covers everything when it comes to beauty, performance and value!