fiber cement vs engineered wood

Fiber Cement vs. Engineered Wood Siding: Understanding the Differences

Previously we discussed how engineered wood is manufactured and the process that gives LP® CanExel® siding a beautiful finish, the rich look of authentic cedar siding and lasting durability. Now let’s take a look at how engineered wood siding differs from another common siding material, fiber cement.

Comparing Apples to Apples

Both fiber cement and engineered wood are quality building products that provide reliable performance and longevity for a home’s exterior. However, there are also distinct differences that set one product apart from the other.

  • Fiber cement is made of a mixture of wood fiber and Portland cement, while engineered wood uses wood strands combined with a resin binder for strength. Use of resin instead of cement makes LP CanExel engineered wood much lighter than fiber cement, so it’s easy to handle on the job site and quicker to install.
  • Fiber cement is typically more brittle than engineered wood, making it susceptible to breaking and cracking, such as from a thrown ball or a bicycle pushed against a home. CanExel engineered wood siding is resistant to breaking, cracking, splitting, warping, splintering and buckling. It’s also less likely to break or crack during installation, resulting in less waste and lower costs.
  • Many remodelers prefer the ease of working with engineered wood. It cuts like real wood and does not require specialized tools for installation.
  • Engineered wood may be less expensive than fiber cement siding.

CanExel®: A Tried-and-True Brand

When updating the exterior of your home, insist on premium LP CanExel prefinished siding. We are proud to be a tried-and-true brand with a legendary reputation for delivering more advantages to Canadian homeowners than other siding products. For your next home siding project, find an LP CanExel dealer near you.

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Amy Lindholm is the Brand Manager at LP Corp overseeing all Siding brand management activities including strategic plan development, media and digital communication. She has over 15 years of marketing and brand management experience in full-service marketing agencies with an emphasis on brand development, consumer merchandising, and retail sales promotion management working with large blue-chip clients. She also has a B.S. from New York University. She combines two of her loves, travel and racing, to compete in half or full marathons and triathlons across the globe.