There’s a huge variety of siding products on the market. Here are some reasons fiber cement siding is a great choice.
When your house is ready for new siding, it’s hard to determine what siding products are going to be the best fit for your home. You need to decide what type of material is the best complement to your home and your neighborhood. You need to figure out what siding product will hold up the longest in the climate you live in. And most important, you need to choose the siding that you like the best! Fiber cement siding is a great choice for a lot of reasons.
First of all, fiber cement siding resembles wood. For the many homeowners who desire the look of wood without the expense and maintenance, this is an important feature. Aside from it looking like wood, fiber cement siding is more durable than wood siding. It is made up of a combination of cement, sand and cellulose fiber. These components are cured with pressurized steam which is what gives it strength and durability as well as resistance to cracking. It is resistant to termites, water, warping and shrinking, rotting, and weather damage. It’s also fire resistant, which in some cases can even help your insurance rates. And even better, it’s guaranteed for 30 years.
Fiber cement siding is created to look like wood and has wood grain texture embossed into the finish. It comes in a variety of widths from 4 to 11 inches, allowing a lot of flexibility in the design and appearance of your new siding. It’s manufactured to be durable enough for blind nailing, which means that the siding panels can be overlapped to cover nail holes. This isn’t always possible with wood siding, which allows the nail holes to be visible on the side of the house.
This siding product must be painted, which can be done at the factory (pre-painted) before installation, or at the project site within 90 days of installation. And you can use either water based acrylic paints or stains for the siding panels. Because the fiber cement siding doesn’t expand or contract with temperature changes the way wood does, you don’t have to worry about the paint cracking or peeling. This means your paint or stain has a much longer lifetime than it does on wood.
When you decide to go ahead with your new siding installation, your siding contractor can advise you on the right fiber cement siding product for your home and project. Whatever size and finish you choose, this siding product is an excellent choice!
Twin Cities Siding Professionals works exclusively with James Hardie fiber cement siding. If you would like to talk to an expert about James Hardie fiber cement siding feel free to give them a call at 651-255-2844.