Fiber Cement Siding Ranks as Number-One Smartest Home Improvement

From on November 21, 2011 in Siding


We’ve seen a growing interest in siding replacement among readers lately. And indeed, this season is the most important time of year to finish this renovation, especially before the winter weather hits.

Siding replacement can increase the value of your home while giving it an advantage on your street with beautiful and immediate curb appeal. Not to mention that new siding will help protect your home from the elements.

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Fiber cement siding is one of the best materials you can go with. In fact, fiber cement tops the list of smartest home improvements you can make right now. According to Remodeling magazine’s 2011-2012 “Cost vs. Value” report, fiber cement siding is the number-one project for return on investment.

Tougher, Sturdier, and Visually Striking

Since its inclusion in the poll in 2005, fiber cement siding has reigned as the leader in value for home improvement projects, beating out 35 other remodeling projects, including entire room additions and even bathroom remodeling, a notoriously great return on investment.

With homeowners staying in their houses longer, siding replacement is of increasing importance for the upkeep of the structure. According to a survey conducted last year by the National Association of Realtors, just 11% of sellers had their homes for three years or less, down from 30% in 2006.


Fiber cement siding is an excellent home improvement because it delivers immediate as well as lasting results. Not only will you have secured your exterior for at least another decade, but your home’s aesthetic and functional qualities are dramatically improved. This combination of visual impact combined with enormous return on investment is why fiber cement siding has ranked at the top of the list of home improvements worth making.

How Does Fiber Cement Compare with Other Siding Types?

Exactly how much return on investment, you ask? Fiber cement siding provides a significant 78% return on investment. To compare with other improvements, a kitchen remodel right now is ranking around 57%, and a costly and involved master suite addition is getting only about a 50% return on investment.

Thicker, sturdier, and better quality than other types of siding (even vinyl siding), fiber cement offers wonderful protection from harsh seasonal elements. Check out CalFinder’s library of siding information.

And if you’d like to know more about how fiber cement siding would look and act on your specific home—and to get a free initial estimate—search CalFinder’s database for a pre-screened siding contractor in your area.

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