Is fiber cement siding better than wood? Let's see how fiber cement and engineered wood siding compare in some key areas:
LP SmartSide Trim & Siding is less prone to breakage, making it easier to transport on a jobsite. It can also be installed by one person.
LP SmartSide Trim & Siding is built to last. It can withstand wind gusts up to 200 mph and comes with a 50-year limited warranty compared to the industry standard of only 30-year warranties. LP SmartSide products' warranty is 67 % longer than the industry standard.
Engineered wood may be less expensive than fiber cement siding.
Fiber cement begins as a mixture that includes wood fiber and Portland cement, while engineered wood uses treated wood strands combined with waxes, zinc borate and advanced binders for strength and durability.
Engineered wood cuts like real wood, accepts nails and screws, and only requires ordinary woodworking tools for siding installation. By contrast, fiber cement may require specialized tools to cut and is more likely to break or crack, resulting in more material waste.
Fiber cement lap boards come in 12-foot lengths, while engineered wood can be manufactured up to 16-foot lengths. The extra length may make engineered wood faster to install and allows for fewer seams.
LP SmartSide siding is a more durable material than fiber cement because of its proprietary SmartGuard® manufacturing process. This process ensures that every strand of wood is treated with a carefully formulated mix of resins, waxes, and zinc borate and finished with an overlay to offer complete protection against extreme heat, moisture, termites, and fungal decay.