The differences in wood versus fiberboard can be a huge deal for your home’s structural integrity.
Wood is more prone to cavities and cracks because of its higher density and greater surface area.
But fiberboard is lighter, more compressible and more durable than wood.
The difference is important because it’s also why you should consider fiberboard a better option than wood for replacing exposed wood floors and ceilings.
Fiberboard is also a much more cost-effective option because it can be installed on your existing roof.
“Fiberboard has been the choice of many home owners,” says Darynda Smith, a senior architect at BKP Architects, who has worked on many residential projects.
“I think many homeowners are concerned that they will lose their homes, that their ceilings will crack and they will be unable to afford to replace their ceiling tiles and other items on the roof.”
The reason is that fiberboard requires fewer maintenance tasks, which makes it a much easier option for homeowners to install.
In addition, fiberboard houses are more resilient to weather and water damage.
But the biggest advantage of fiberboard over wood is that it’s less expensive.
It costs less to install fiberboard than wood, and it is also lighter.
“The cost of fiberboarding is much lower than wood,” says Smith.
“There are so many benefits of fiberboards versus wood.”
The advantages of fiber board vs wood are many and can be seen in home remodeling projects.
The advantages include: Lightness, compactness and low maintenance cost Fiberboard houses allow for a more modular approach to home remodelling, which allows homeowners to build and repair the same homes over and over again, according to Smith.
Because fiberboard offers fewer maintenance issues, it’s easier to do maintenance repairs.
“It allows you to go back and add more stuff to your home,” she says.
“You don’t have to worry about the old roof and the old ceiling.”
The benefits of wood vs fiberboard include: More than 10% fewer maintenance problems, lower maintenance costs and lower cost to maintain compared to wood The benefits also include a less dense surface, which can lead to less moisture intrusion, which is associated with more leaks.
“For homeowners who want to take advantage of the benefits of having fiberboard on their roof, the biggest benefit is to minimize the cost,” says Kelli Moulton, a real estate agent and certified personal injury attorney in San Francisco.
She recommends considering fiberboard for remodeling.
“We have seen that many homeowners have had great success with fiberboard and also with wood,” she adds.
“Woods can be expensive to maintain, so the cost is really a deterrent.
If you can use fiberboard, the cost will be minimal.”
The main downside of fiberglass is the lack of a ceiling and attic insulation.
Fiberglass is more expensive than wood and is often less durable than the other options.
“This is the biggest drawback of fiber glass,” says Moulson.
“Because of its heavier density, it is very hard to replace when it cracks.”
Wood, on the other hand, is lighter and has a longer lifespan, making it more durable.
“Its durability is very good,” she said.
“But, because of the lightness, fiberglass does not last as long.”
So how do you decide which type of material to use for your existing house?
It’s important to weigh the benefits and disadvantages before you make the decision.
Fiberboard and wood are two options that will allow you to have the same roof, Smith says.
For example, you can install fiberglass or wood on your ceiling if you need more space for your living area or you want to replace exposed wood flooring.
“If you have to replace wood, you are going to have to make some compromises,” she explained.
“In addition, you need to consider how much space you want and whether you want the additional costs associated with fiberglass.”
Fiberglass also offers the ability to install wood on the exterior, which could make it a good option for a retrofit project.
“When it comes to retrofitting, fiber is going to be the best option,” says BKR Architect.
“Your wood floor can be removed to make space for fiberglass, which would then be installed in the existing attic.”