Stucco or Fiber Cement Siding?

Stucco and cement board siding are both popular options for the exterior of a house, but the better product depends on a variety of factors, including cost, durability, and aesthetic appeal.


This type of plaster is a traditional material made from a mixture of cement, sand, and water that is applied to the exterior of a house in layers. It is a relatively inexpensive option and can be easily molded into a variety of textures and designs. However, stucco is not as durable as cement board siding and can crack or chip over time. Additionally, it is not as energy efficient as cement board siding and may not provide as much insulation for the house.

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement siding also known as cement board, is a more modern option that is made from a mixture of cement and wood fibers. It is more durable and resistant to rot, fire, and pests than stucco. It also has a higher insulation value, which can help reduce energy costs. Cement board siding is also available in a variety of colors and styles to match any home’s design. However, it is more expensive than stucco and may require professional installation.

What to Choose?

Ultimately, the choice between stucco and cement board siding will depend on your budget, the look you want to achieve, and the level of durability and energy efficiency you require. If cost is a major concern, stucco may be the better option. However, if you want a durable, energy-efficient, and low maintenance option, cement board siding may be the better choice. It’s always important to consult a professional and get a complete analysis of cost and benefits of both options before making a decision.

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