Fiber cement siding is fairly popular as well. It is resistant to insects, mold, fire, and the elements. The hardiness of this type of siding makes it a great option. It can come with either a wood-finish grain or a smooth finish. Fiber cement is a great alternative to vinyl siding. It can imitate the appearance of wood siding, clapboard, or shingles. Wood siding is susceptible to fire, making this imitation wood siding an excellent option if you are concerned about your safety. Also, if your home is near the sea, fiber cement siding holds up very well in salty air. Unlike vinyl siding, fiber cement does need to be periodically repainted.