So you’ve decided to invest in a siding remodel for your Nebraska home. As you embark on this exciting home improvement project, you’ll ultimately have to choose what type of siding you’ll select from the wide range of products on the market. 

Here in the Omaha Metro area, James Hardie fiber cementing siding and vinyl siding are two very popular options our customers love. Which should you choose? Our experts are here to explain the pros and cons of both so you can make an informed decision.

James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding

James Hardie’s fiber cement siding comes highly recommended by contractors and customers alike. It’s no wonder why! It’s famously durable and looks beautiful for decades.

About James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement combines wood fiber, cement, sand, and water to create a sustainable material that looks like wood but lasts far longer and requires minimal maintenance. 

With a variety of styles and designs available, there’s a James Hardie Siding option to fit every aesthetic. 

Pros of James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding

  • Fiber cement is an extremely durable material that is designed to withstand the elements. In fact, it’s specifically engineered to be pest resistant, fire resistant, and mold resistant.
  • If you like a great look with minimal maintenance, James Hardie may be your match. A light wash with a garden hose now and then is all that’s needed to keep it looking great.
  • There are numerous colors and styles available! You’re sure to find a siding style that suits your preferences.
  • There are energy-efficient, insulated options available. 

Cons of James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding

  • It can be a bit more expensive than other siding options. You can anticipate an average cost of $5 - $12 per square foot of James Hardie siding. On the bright side, you can expect to make quite a bit of that money back! With an 84% ROI, James Hardie was awarded the title of best product for ROI for twelve years by Remodeling Magazine.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is one of the cheapest options on the market, and it can mimic the look of higher-end siding products. However, you’ll need to bear in mind that you get what you pay for. While vinyl siding looks good when it’s first installed, it doesn’t stand up to wear and tear in the same way fiber cement does. 

You can expect vinyl siding to cost $1-$8 per square foot, on average. Mid-range vinyl siding projects are estimated to recoup 80.7% ROI.

Vinyl is an affordable and attractive option for Omaha homeowners. If you go with vinyl, it’s crucial to inspect aging vinyl siding regularly for signs that it’s time for a replacement job. Vinyl siding in humid climates can begin to look weathered within fifteen years if it isn’t properly installed, treated, and maintained. 

If you inherited vinyl siding from the previous owners of your home, you’ll want to be especially vigilant for signs of damage. Look out for uncaulked crevices or gaps that can let moisture enter your home. If you see more than a few small cracks, you may need to get in touch with your contractor.

Choose Thompson’s Home Improvement for Your Siding Project

As your local siding experts, we’re here to help you choose the exterior products that are right for you. If you’re ready to work with Omaha’s most trusted name in siding, click here to contact us with questions or book an appointment. We can’t wait to work with you!