If you’ve made the smart decision to update the siding on your home, you are halfway there. Now comes the choice of what type of material to select, with cost, appearance, durability and maintenance all being factors to consider.

Comparing two of the most popular materials – vinyl and HardiePlank – the experts at Gerald Jones Company have broken down some of the benefits and drawbacks of each:


Vinyl siding is one of the most affordable siding options. It is considerably quick to install and clean, is designed to handle wind, sun, rain and snow, and is resistant to bugs. There is a phrase heard in the home improvement world that “vinyl is final,” which indicates that the product itself will never fade or show its age, unlike some of the painted alternatives, like HardiePlank.

With that being said, vinyl siding may still need to be cleaned or power washed over time. While some design professionals and homeowners are turned off by the “plastic look” of some vinyl siding products, the variety of colors and styles available make it a popular option nonetheless.


James Hardie composite siding, also known as Hardie board, or HardiePlank, is the most requested fiber cement siding brand on the market. HardiePlank is a sturdy, durable siding material with a long life span – a 30-year, limited, transferable warranty to be exact. It holds paint better than wood and is less susceptible to water damage. It is manufactured to be storm and fire resistant, and can be styled to look like any type of wood.

One drawback to consider is that anything that is painted will eventually need to be re-painted, and fiber cement is no different. HardiePlank houses will need to be re-painted every 10-15 years to keep them looking their best. Another factor is cost; the more intensive installation process and higher quality product puts HardiePlank siding on the more expensive end of the spectrum.

Whether you go with vinyl or HardiePlank siding (or opt for another material), you can rest assured that you will be making a wonderful improvement over your existing siding.  The home remodeling experts at Gerald Jones Company are happy to help you make this decision based on your specific preferences. Give us a call today at (919) 286-1700!