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Why Is Fiber Cement Siding the Best Home Siding for Chicago?

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We strongly contend that the best choice of material for folks in Chicago is fiber cement siding. All Star Products can make an extensive argument in favor of fiber cement on the grounds of costs, durability, beautification, and convenient installation.

We’d like to share with you a good explanation of fiber cement siding and why we think it’s the best siding choice money can buy.

What is Fiber Cement Siding?

Fiber cement is a type of siding that has become very popular in recent years as an alternative to traditional wood and vinyl. Manufacturers, like James Hardie Siding, engineered this material to address some of the shortcomings in those materials, which typically suffer from weather damage (like severe wind, freezing temperatures, and high heat) and exposure to pests and woodpeckers.

While you may not know much about fiber cement, you’ve probably driven around Chicago and noticed that some homes simply look way better than others. Those houses usually utilize James Hardie’s material or some other fiber cement version. That’s because more homeowners recognize the value of this material that’s only gotten better and more innovative since the 1980s.


As we mentioned already, fiber cement has several key strengths when you contrast it with wood or vinyl. They include:

  • Fiber cement was intentionally designed to withstand woodpeckers and pests that peck/bore holes into the other siding types.
  • Unlike wood, it won’t succumb to wood rot or absorb lots of moisture.
  • Although many customers like the classical wood or vinyl, fiber cement now comes in a greater number of options with regards to color and design complexity. This has been enough to convert many to the more modern fiber cement appearance, which you can also make resemble wood.
  • Fiber cement is much more durable, holds paint better, and does not expand/contract over time.
  • They manufacture multiple versions of it to withstand either heat or cold. Given how we endure heat, cold, and lots of wind in Chicago, companies like James Hardie produce fiber cement tailored specifically to address those harsh conditions.

Fiber Cement Siding Chicago = Low Cost of Ownership

We don’t want to forget one of the most important variables for any home renovation program: costs. We notice that homeowners in our area decide to re-side their homes because they want to do it, or because they really need to do it. Regardless of whether you want to beautify your home and bolster curb appeal, or the siding is flying off the wall, we know costs are a big consideration.

The good news is that fiber cement materials, although not cheap, are pretty competitive with the other siding options and has the lowest cost of ownership. So, when you factor in superior durability and aesthetic value, it only further substantiates fiber cement as the most preferable choice for homeowners.

Caveat: We say that it’s cost effective to get fiber cement, but this is highly contingent upon employing an installation crew that knows what they’re doing.  For the best results, you also need to pick the best possible siding brand, and for fiber cement, James Hardie Siding is by far the best siding material brand in the market.

All Star Products for All Your Fiber Cement Siding Needs

Our staff has had the privilege of traveling all around the country and seeing how well the various siding materials withstand all kinds of weather conditions. We notice that time and time again, fiber cement homes hold their ground the best. That’s why we emphasize it so much with our friends and patrons in Northern Illinois.

Installing the fiber cement material will help your home whether you want to enhance the appearance and invest in higher property value, or need to address some serious problems. All Star Products gets 90% of its business from previous customer referrals because they love how we do the job. We honed our skills under the direct training and supervision of the James Hardie company, which uniquely qualifies us among all the area’s siding contractors.

If you’re ready to upgrade your home with some beautiful fiber cement siding, then we encourage you to contact us soon, so we can give you a free estimate.

dave donofrio

Dave Donofrio

Owner & CEO

Dave Donofrio is owner and CEO of All Star Products, LLC.  After a two decade career at James Hardie, Dave partnered with the team at All Star to bring advances in exterior remodeling material and technology, while preserving the family friendly, customer oriented approached that been the key to All Star’s success over the last 35 years.


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