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Renovation9 min

Fiber Cement vs. Engineered Wood Siding: The Big Differences

Fiber cement siding has been around since the early twentieth century and began gaining in popularity in the U.S. in the mid-1980s. Engineered wood siding is the new arrival to the party, having been introduced to the siding installation market in the latter part of the twentieth century. Both fiber cement and engineered wood have shown themselves to be superior to wood in terms of looks and durability.

However, the two materials also demonstrate distinct differences that have allowed engineered wood to become a top choice for remodelers and homeowners alike.

  • Composition. Fiber cement begins as a mixture that includes wood fiber and Portland cement, while engineered wood uses treated wood strands combined with a resin binder for strength. This composition makes engineered wood lighter than fiber cement, allowing for easier handling and quicker installation on the jobsite.
  • Installation. Remodelers can’t stop talking about how easy it is to work with engineered wood. It cuts like real wood, accepts nails and screws, and only requires ordinary woodworking tools for siding installation. By contrast, fiber cement requires specialized tools to cut and is more likely to break or crack, resulting in more material waste.
  • Panel length. Fiber cement lap boards come in 12-foot lengths, while engineered wood can be manufactured in 16-foot lengths. The extra panel length makes engineered wood faster to install and can result in fewer seams.
  • Pricing. Engineered wood may be less expensive than fiber cement siding.

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LP invites you to learn more about our LP® SmartSide® engineered wood siding and the benefits it offers for you and your home. Visit the LP SmartSide gallery to see siding profiles, color options and more. For more information about LP SmartSide Siding & Trim and to connect with a remodeler near you, visit LP's Find A Siding Contractor.

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Renovation2 min

Master the Steps to Re-Siding a House with Our Re-Siding Prep Worksheet

There are many factors to consider: the cost to put new siding on a house, hiring a siding contractor, and choosing the most durable siding available. Getting organized can be a challenge, and that’s why we’ve developed an easy to use worksheet to help you plan your re-side. It can serve as a way to organize your thoughts and start conversations with your contractor.

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Outdoor Living3 min
OUTDOOR SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST: HOW TO GET YOUR BACKYARD READY FOR SPRING

Move aside, Old Man Winter—it’s officially springtime. Could your home’s exterior use some sprucing up before you’re officially ready to soak up the sun? This spring cleaning season, make sure you’re showing some TLC to both the interior and exterior of your home.

Maintenance3 min
HOW DO YOU CLEAN EXTERIOR WOOD SIDING?

Thanks to the quality of the factory finishing process, prefinished LP® SmartSide® engineered wood siding options have a uniform finish that is long-wearing and weathers evenly, creating less maintenance for the homeowner in the long term.

Trends6 min
How to Take Advantage of Popular Shed Trends and Add to Your Backyard

Have you ever considered adding a shed to your backyard? Lately, homeowners like you are thinking beyond storage sheds and instead are using these spaces as offices, gyms and more. With the flexibility that comes from building with LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® you can add a beautiful shed to your backyard, complete with one of the most durable siding options available, LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, which also leads to easier siding maintenance.