Siding a home is a big undertaking—and a big investment. You want your home to be protected and beautiful, and you want to know that your investment of time and money will last. There are many reasons to carefully choose the right siding option for your Colorado home, and many of them have to do with the Colorado climate. At first glance, it may seem that fiber cement siding and metal siding are equally decent choices. Bellwether always first recommends fiber cement siding, as it is ultimately a better investment, and as an Elite Preferred James Hardie contractor, we especially recommend James Hardie fiber cement siding products.
What is the main advantage of fiber cement siding and metal siding?
In Colorado, especially in the mountains and forested areas, homeowners should prepare their homes against the threat of wildfire. Both fiber cement siding and metal siding protect your home against wildfire by being resistant to spark and flames. With properly installed underlying materials, both siding options have Grade A fire ratings as non-combustible materials. This is the number one benefit to both of these siding options, and something that should be high on your priority list when siding your home in Colorado.
Are there other benefits for both siding options? What about the drawbacks?
Fiber cement siding and metal siding share other advantages. Both require little maintenance, both withstand most environmental elements, both are defensive against animal and pest intrusion, both will resist sun fading. Aesthetically, both can mimic the beautiful look of wood with exponentially increased protections and both can also be pre-treated and painted to any color of your choosing, yielding a beautiful, long-lasting result.
Of these similarities, there are degrees of difference in favor of fiber cement siding. For example, while both siding options do hold up to most weather elements, metal siding can be susceptible to hail and ice damage, while fiber cement siding is not. Generally, metal siding is comprised of aluminum which is lightweight, leading to a greater chance of weather-related damage.
Historically, the biggest appeal of metal siding compared to fiber cement siding was the price point; but with the cost of metal on the rise, the cost difference between the two options is negligible.
Bellwether recommends fiber cement siding. Why is it a better investment?
With comparable pricing, we think fiber cement siding is the obvious choice because of the long-term value and savings. To begin with, fiber cement siding boasts a great longevity—and when you purchase James Hardie fiber cement siding, you’re also signing up for lifetime warranties. Where metal siding might dent or scratch, fiber cement siding won’t; and in the event unusual damage is incurred, those warranty guarantees will take effect.
Additionally, fiber cement siding is a better overall investment for your home because it is so efficient. Once you’ve installed fiber cement siding, you might actually save money on energy costs because fiber cement is designed for excellent climate control. Metal siding is less efficient. Because fiber cement siding is made of a fibrous composite, it is naturally insulated. Metal siding has no such insulation, and it will also heat in the sun, offering less control over your interior environment.
While both are respectable siding options for Colorado homes, fiber cement siding—and in particular, James Hardie fiber cement siding products—is the best choice for long-term value and long-lasting beauty and protection. With a professional installation, your beautiful fiber cement siding will protect your home against wildfire, against the Colorado elements, and against the test of time.