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The Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding

Posted on March 30, 2015.

Fiber Cement Siding

Whether you are constructing a shed, barn, garage, or renovating your home exterior, the siding is a component that must be considered. Siding preserves the longevity of your home by protecting the walls from exposure to weather elements. Just like the floor and walls themselves, siding comes in a variety of forms. While vinyl, stucco, and clapboards are the most common forms of siding, there are also fiber cement siding that often gets overlooked by homeowners. Its many benefits make it a worthy investment that will protect your home for years to come.

What Is Fiber Cement?

Fiber cement is a common building construction material made from a combination of sand, cement, and cellulous fiber. More recently, it has been used to make siding and has become a popular alternative to the more traditional vinyl siding due to its strong weather resistant properties. Inside the home, the material is also used as a substrate for tiled walls and as an underlayment for flooring.

Why Fiber Cement Siding Is a Popular Choice

  • Fiber cement does not warp or discolor even from harsh exposure. It is also known to hold up against humid climates and sea salt air, which makes it a good choice for homes located near a coastline.
  • Fiber cement is made from 90% non-flammable materials and has a class A fire rating.
  • It can take on the appearance of more aesthetically appealing material, such as wooden planks, cedar, redwood, or glazed textile shingles.
  • It protects your home from rotting. The absence of overlapping seams prevents mold from forming between the exterior and interior walls. This also prevents the formation of airborne allergens, which can make their way indoors.

Fiber Cement Siding Installation

Unless you have an extensive carpentry background, siding installation is generally not a DIY task. It requires intricate knowledge and specific tools to do the job to standards. Do contact a professional if you are installing a new structure or remodeling your current home.