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Fiber Cement Siding Vs. Nordic White Wood Siding

Installing the right siding is an important decision for any homeowner. The material you choose defines the look of your home and also work towards protecting your home all year round.

Siparila Nordic Wood Siding

Trees grow slowly in the Scandinavian soil due to the cold climate, which produces solid trees with tight growth rings and a straight grain. This makes the wood stronger, lighter and more durable than others. At Siparila, we only use the finest Finnish Nordic Whitewood for our siding and combined with our patented Siparila Topcoat to reinforce its natural durability.

Fiber Cement Siding

Despite its long history, fiber cement has only been gaining popularity among North American homeowners for the past 25 years. The popularity of fiber cement is largely due to its durability and relatively low cost.

Fiber cement is made of four ingredients: portland cement, wood pulp, water and fly ash. The wood pulp in fiber cement siding contributes to the resilience and flexibility of the end product, the fly ash plays the role of a filler, the portland cement binds all the ingredients and the water helps to harden the cement.


Fiber Cement:

Fiber cement’s best feature is its durability. There is little maintenance required and it is generally resistant to moisture, fire, wind, cold and decay; it’s even termite-proof. However, if thin sheets are used, they will require more regular maintenance. Keep in mind, it needs to be washed every six to 12 months and caulked joints (areas joined via a sealant) need to be inspected every few of years.

Mishandling this material may cause it to crack, that’s why installation is best done by a professional. Since fiber cement is a heavy material, it requires at least two people to carry sheets at a time.

Like any material, fiber cement will age with time. Flaking and fading may occur in the long run, but depending on the manufacturer, a 15-year warranty can cover the damage. Typically, warranties will start from 25 years, but may extend to limited lifetime.

Siparila Nordic Wood:

Siparila only uses wood from Finland’s boreal forests where its climate promotes the growth of dense, straight-grained wood. Two attributes that make it a top-grade building material. Siparila also stands above the competition by offering thick siding profiles to increase durability.

Wood is prone to water and insect damage, and Nordic Whitewood is not immune. However, our patented Siparila Topcoat reinforces the wood’s strength and resilience. This process involves treating the fresh wood in a moisture, air, temperature-controlled facility. The siding is then primed after it is milled, which allows the coating to seep deep into the pores of the wood for better protection. Lastly, the wood is treated in our facility with a proprietary paint application that gives it a sleek finish. You will also notice that the fasteners are hidden which makes it even more durable.


Fiber Cement:

Fiber cement comes in a variety of styles and textures. The most common is horizontal lap siding, followed by shakes/scallops and panel products. Homes can also be outfitted with vertical siding and boards.

Shingle styles include straight edge, wavy edge, thatched edge, wood grain surface and striated surface. Buyers also have an unlimited number of colour to choose from as well as types such as pre-primed, ready to paint and thickness.

Siparila Nordic Wood:

Wood is one of the most common building materials for siding, and for good reason. Wood has withstood the test of time in terms of style and functionality, but don’t be fooled by imitators. The look of our Nordic wood siding is exceptional and sure to improve your home’s curb appeal.

Siparila Nordic wood siding is when it comes in a variety of widths, sizes and colours for you to choose from. Our wood siding is stained, painted and made to order. This means the panels are delivered without the need for further treatments making them ideal for any construction or renovation project. Also, the siding can be installed either horizontally or vertically.


Fiber Cement:

The cost of fiber cement depends on the vendor, finish and size. Typically, the most common type of fiber cement siding called clapboards sells anywhere from $0.70 to $5.25 per square foot. This does not include installation. However, it is generally affordable.

Siparila Nordic Wood:

As with any wood product, wear and tear is bound to occur and should be considered when installing siding. Siparila offers warranty on all our products for 70 years (from the date of purchase), plus an additional 15-year warranty on the Topcoat paint against peeling, blistering and cracking.

One benefit to Siparila’s wood siding is its ease of installation. They are equipped with industry standard joints and come in one long length which will reduce your labour costs. In the long term, however, homeowners must paint, stain or varnish their wood in order to protect its structural integrity. Without this, the siding will warp or rot.

The upside to having Birch whitewood siding is that they can be very efficiently repaired. If you sustain damage along one panel, that panel can be easily swapped out without any additional work to be done. Repairs can be completed quickly and inexpensively if caught early on.

Environmental Sustainability

Fiber Cement:

Fiber cement is widely considered to be the green alternative to vinyl because of its four ingredients: portland cement, sand, fly ash and wood pulp. Also, during the manufacturing process there is less dioxins released into the air and there are no toxic fumes when burned in a landfill after use.

Siparila Nordic Wood:

Wood is the very definition of biodegradable. Even when wood siding ends up in a landfill they decompose quickly into a compost-like substance. Siparila only uses PEFC-certified wood to maintain ethical forest stewardship, which means that the trees are harvested sustainably with consideration to the fragility of the forest’s ecosystem.

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