Metal vs Fiber Cement

Feature EDCO Metal Siding Fiber Cement Siding
Moisture
  • Does not absorb water
  • Will not swell, decompose or develop mold over time
  • Not water proof
  • Contains high moisture content when manufactured. Shrinkage will happen over time leaving gaps between panels
  • If not installed properly, gap clearances can create serious moisture concerns
Appearance
  • Realistic wood grain look
  • Mimics real wood siding
Warranty
  • Lifetime non-protated limited warranty that is transferrable
  • Includes material and labor
  • 30-year limited warranty when installed properly
  • Factory finish comes with a 15-year warranty against flaking or fading
Fire Resistance
  • Not susceptible to deformation from exposure to heat sources
  • Non-combustible
  • Composed of 90% sand which makes it fire resistant but not fire proof
Installation
  • Little to no caulking required
  • Overlapping of siding panels allows for expansion and contraction due to temperature changes
  • No nailheads are exposed
  • Recaulking might be needed every few years
  • Proper respiration is required when cutting fiber cements as it generates silica dust which is toxic to breathe
  • Cut ends need to be painted
Sustainability
  • Manufactured with at least 25% recycled steel
  • 100% recyclable
  • It is not recyclable
Weight
  • Approx. 100 lbs per 100 sq. feet
  • Approx. 300 lbs per 100 sq. feet
Durability
  • Easily acclimates to any weather condition and will not chip, crack or peel
  • Rigid and can crack or chip
Hail and Fade Protection
  • 35-year fade warranty
  • 50-year hail protection
  • Factory finish comes with a 15-year warranty against flaking or fading
Maintenance
  • Little to no maintenance required
  • Requires periodic painting