Fiber-Cement Siding: Durable and Low Maintenance
If you're considering changing your siding or designing a new home's exterior, you'll quickly learn about the various exterior materials available, including fiber cement. We'll go through the basics of fiber cement to assist you make an informed decision about whether or not to use it on your home.
Fiber cement siding is a low-maintenance, long-lasting, and robust material that is utilized on both residential and commercial structures. It's a semi-rigid material that gives you a lot of protection while still allowing you to move around.
What is Fiber Cement Siding Made of?
Portland cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers are the main components of fiber cement. The composition, on the other hand, will vary according on the manufacturer. Special formulas, such as those used by James Hardie, include proprietary additives that improve the product's effectiveness.
How Much Does Fiber Cement Siding Cost?
Fiber cement is a long-lasting material with a high overall value. It is generally less expensive than brick, synthetic stucco, and some types of wood siding. It costs about the same as or less than hardboard or composite siding, but more than vinyl.
Since fiber cement products are sold through independently operated dealers, and because every project is unique, there’s no one-size-fits-all pricing. The best, most accurate way to get an estimate for your siding project is to contact us for a quote.
How Does Fiber Cement Siding Perform?
Fiber cement siding has performance advantages over traditional siding materials like wood and vinyl. While performance varies by manufacturer, the best fiber cement siding is:
- Non-combustible. It will not ignite when exposed to a direct flame, nor will it contribute fuel to a fire.
- Created to withstand damage from moisture and rot.
- Engineered to stand up to the demands of your specific climate.
- Unappealing to woodpeckers, termites and other pests.
How Do I Maintain Fiber Cement Siding?
Fiber cement siding is a low-maintenance choice for your home's exterior. The amount and type of upkeep required will vary depending on your location, the building's exposure, and whether you have prefinished siding or will be painting it on site.
The best fiber cement siding resists fading, chipping, and cracking, which means you'll spend less time maintaining it. We recommend using a gentle brush and a garden hose to clean your siding.
What Styles Are Available?
You’ll get plenty of design flexibility from fiber cement siding as it comes in a variety of textures such as woodgrain, smooth and stucco finishes, as well as a range of prefinished color options.
In addition to textures and colors, there are several different siding profiles to help you create the right aesthetic for your home.
1. Shingle Fiber Cement Siding
Shingle fiber cement siding come in individual shakes and 4, 8, or 12 foot strips with either wood-grain or hand-split textures. You can choose from either straight or staggered shingles to complement your home’s unique style. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, you can choose a primed, factory-painted or stained-finish and decorative pieces that highlight different areas on your home.
2. Sheet Form Fiber Cement Siding
Sheet form or panel siding is available in large sheets, usually in a 5/16” basis. You can choose from a variety of different textures to complement the look and feel of your home. Sheet form fiber cements offer an affordable, modern finish and seamless fit to your home exterior.
3. Lap Siding Fiber Cement Siding
Also known as clapboards, lap siding installs much like traditional products in a row by row basis. They are easy to install and look great painted or stained. They are offered in a variety of different finishes including smooth, wood-grain, or rough-sawn surface treatments. While most clapboards are 5/6 inch thick, some styles that appear more like wood are available in 5/8 inch thickness. Not only do clapboards work well in a variety of different climates, they also complement a variety of home styles, including contemporary and classic.
4. Stucco or Brick Fiber Cement Siding
Stucco or brick fiber cement siding allows homeowners to get all of the color and texture of masonry without the need for a professional mason. Furthermore, stucco or brick fiber cement siding won’t crack or delaminate in the future. Smooth fiber cement panels are a low cost alternative to stucco and homeowners can choose from fiber cement panels that come in 5/6 or 5/8 inch thickness, varying in sizes from 18 inches by 6 feet to 4 by 12 feet.
Choosing the Best Option for Your Home
Fiber cement siding is a great siding option for homeowners looking for a durable, long-lasting solution that will withstand any type of weather in any climate. This type of siding can be used to achieve many styles such as shingle, board-and-batten, and clapboard, and can complement your modern exterior home design. Like other siding options, fiber cement siding will require some maintenance, however its lasting durability doesn’t require as much maintenance as other siding products.