Which Siding Has the Best ROI—James Hardie Fiber Cement or Vinyl?

James Hardie siding installed on a home.

There are a variety of factors to weigh when choosing between vinyl or fiber cement, and your return on investment (ROI) is one of the most important. While curb appeal, style, weather resistance, and protection from costly moisture intrusion are all important—eventually you will sell your home and the return on your siding investment will impact your sale.

What Kind of Return on Investment (ROI) Can You Expect from James Hardie Siding—and Why? 

Excellent ROI 

When you choose durable fiber cement as your replacement siding material, you can expect an outstanding ROI. According to the 2023 Remodeling Cost vs Value Report, replacing your current siding with fiber cement yields an 88.5% return on the cost of your siding upgrade. And since James Hardie makes the most popular fiber cement siding on the market, you simply can’t go wrong with it when looking for a hearty ROI for your re-siding project.  

Durable Composition

Hardie siding and trim products are made of cement, sand, cellulose, and a special proprietary blend that Hardie includes. This durable makeup gives homeowners peace of mind knowing that their most significant investment is well protected. Hardie siding endures its 24/7 exposure to the elements, severe weather, and extreme temperatures. 

Reliable moisture resistance 

Built for climate®, it withstands the Kansas City area weather with ease. You won’t have to worry about moisture penetration when you choose Hardie siding. Its moisture resistance allows you to rest at ease even in the midst of storms. 

Lower insurance rates

Hardie siding and trim products are non-combustible and resist hail damage. These are such valuable features that installing durable Hardie siding on your home often yields lower insurance premiums. Contact your agent to inquire. 

Reduced maintenance

Hardie siding is so well made that it needs almost no maintenance. Simply wash your siding twice a year with a garden hose and a medium bristle nylon brush. Keep an eye on the caulking around windows and doors, and replace with new caulk as needed. And if you install factory baked-on paint (ColorPlus® Technology), then you won’t have to repaint your siding for 15 years! 

Outstanding warranty

James Hardie stands behind their siding products with a substantial 30-year, non-prorated, transferable warranty. Simply have your siding installed by a James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor (like us!) who installs Hardie siding and trim according to the manufacturer’s standards. In the unlikely event that you need to use the warranty, it will be positioned to be honored. 

Exceptional lifespan

Hardie siding and trim products are made so well that they outlast their competition in durability and lifespan significantly. Hardie lasts up to 50 years when installed by a reputable contractor and maintained well over its lifetime. 

What Kind of ROI Can You Expect on Vinyl Siding Replacement and Why? 

Exceptional ROI

According to the 2023 Remodeling Cost vs Value Report, replacing your existing siding with vinyl yields a 94.7% return on the cost of your new siding. This makes it a smart investment. 

Budget-friendly price point

One of the biggest advantages to choosing vinyl siding is its modest price point. Popular for starter homes and rental properties, vinyl delivers an updated exterior at a comfortable cost. 

Shorter lifespan

Vinyl offers a variety of styles and color options, so it’s easy to customize—but its thin makeup doesn’t stand up to the elements like James Hardie siding does. The result? It lasts less than half as long. 

Modest performance

Cold temperatures can cause vinyl siding to crack, and it can be easily dented. Moisture is known to penetrate gaps in vinyl siding, making repairs and upkeep more substantial than fiber cement. Vinyl is treated with a fire retardant, and it melts when exposed to a fire. 

Cover Your Kansas City Area Home with Beautiful New Siding 

Now that you’ve discovered the sound investment James Hardie siding and trim products offer, it’s time to take the next step. At Smart Exteriors, we are a family-owned company who takes time to answer your questions. You’ll love how our 3D rendering allows you to see what your finished project will look like. Learn more about how our siding services can deliver a hearty ROI when it comes time to sell your home.