Why Many Chicagoland Homeowners Choose Fiber Cement Siding

If you are planning to have new siding installed on your home, you have a number of options when it comes to siding materials. Vinyl siding is the most popular choice among homeowners, mainly because it is the least expensive choice; but other more costly products, such cedar shakes and fiber cement, have their advantages. We at Baltic Home Improvements love the versatility and durability of fiber cement siding, particularly James Hardie brand.

Lee Wallender at AboutHome wrote an informative article entitled Should You Install Fiber-Cement Siding on Your House? If you are considering new siding and wish to know more about your fiber cement option, we believe that this article provides a good starting-ground. Wallender takes the time to explain how the siding is made and the different manufactures who produce it, including James Hardie, Cemplank, Certainteed, GAF Materials, MaxiTile, and Nichiha.

Wallender also lists the advantages and disadvantages of choosing fiber cement siding for your home. These include:


  • It offers better fire-resistance than vinyl or wood siding options
  • It can imitate the appearance of wood siding very well, even when looked at up close
  • It is tougher, stronger, and more durable than vinyl siding
  • Though it costs more than vinyl siding, it is less expensive than wood siding
  • It comes in a variety of colors, but can be painted if you wish to change the color scheme of your home


  • It costs more than vinyl siding, so your home improvement project will be pricier
  • Although it can be painted, doing so is difficult and can be expensive
  • Fiber cement siding requires more time and expertise to install than vinyl siding
  • Hiring a professional for your installation job is necessary as the job can be difficult and must be done correctly

You can learn more about fiber cement siding by reading the full article here.

If you are considering new siding for your Chicago-area home, Baltic Home Improvements can help by providing you with quality installation coupled with excellent customer service. We have more than a decade of proven experience servicing homeowners in the southwestern Chicago suburbs, so you can rest assured that our staff of home improvement experts will get the job done right. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule a free consultation for your siding installation job.