With the variety of siding options on the market, many homeowners do not know where to start. From traditional vinyl, wood, and brick sidings, to more rustic options like stucco and stone-veneers, there are a range of options available that can drastically change your home’s overall look, feel, and longevity. Let’s take a closer look at a favorite option: Fiber cement siding.
Two of the benefits which first draw homeowners to fiber cement siding is it’s look and the feeling it brings. Fiber cement siding is made with overlapping panels, and is designed to mimic the more traditional look of wood. It can be stained or painted to match any color you desire. The fiber-cement boards also come as square, long-plank and even half-round. Fiber Cement has come a long way over the last century in look and design, making it a more practical option for the homeowner than before.
Additionally, for those of us in the pacific northwest, fiber cement siding is a durable option. It is designed to withstand harsh weather, and protect the home from the wind and rain. In fact, fiber cement siding is known to fare well in sea salt air. This is great news for coastal homes! A homeowner can expect 25 – 50 years without trouble from fiber cement siding.
Another huge benefit for families is the safety it provides. During the dry season, when your neighbors are outside with your barbecues and campfires, fiber cement is not flammable and will provide an extra level of safety from terrible accidents. It also provides safety through the cold season. Because fiber cement siding is installed without overlapping seams, it provides no opportunity for insects, mold and mildew to grow between walls. This will help your family breath clean air throughout the year and stop the cold, wet season from become a health hazard.
With all its benefits, fiber cement siding does require some maintenance. It needs to be repainted or restained approximately every fifteen years. Fiber cement siding also takes a great deal of man power to install and as a result, it can will likely cost more to install. For a homeowner looking for a strong, durable option that looks top notch, the added maintenance and price are worth it!
If you are considering siding options for your home, this is a great place to start.
Be sure to compare it with vinyl and aluminum siding, as each option provides different benefits. When you are ready to take the next step in siding your home, contact one of our trusted contractors!
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