The Pros and Cons of Fiber Cement Board Siding
Fiber cement board siding is a type of prefabricated siding that protects the exterior of a home. Fiber cement is a mixture of materials that includes sand and fibers made from cardboard. There are both benefits and consequences to investing in fiber cement siding.
New Englanders will especially appreciate the fact that this type of siding stands up well to sea salt air. It is very durable and withstands harsh weather for many, many years. The siding protects the home from wind and rain damage as well as hail, and can withstand hurricane-level storms “facts that every New Englander can appreciate.
The material is not flammable. Among the many worries of homeowners, fire is usually somewhere at the top of the list. Fiber cement is made up of more than 90 percent of inflammable material. In one reported incident, a fire destroyed fire trucks almost 100 feet away from the flames, but the home constructed with fiber cement was completely protected.
The appearance of fiber cement siding is perhaps the most surprising aspect of the material. Fiber cement can resemble wood planks or wood shingles. A homeowner does not have to sacrifice the traditional look of a home to gain the many benefits of fiber cement siding. The siding is also available in a variety of colors; or, if a color is not suitable, the siding can be painted.
Fiber board cement siding offers complete protection from insects and rotting. The siding has no seams that overlap, which prevents mold or mildew from growing between the outside and interior walls. This feature lessens allergens within the home, further protecting a homeowner’s family. Fiber cement board has all the benefits of other sidings with few disadvantages.
Installation of fiber cement board siding is costly. Labor costs are higher because fiber cement requires more manpower to deliver and install. Cost can be two to three times higher than aluminum or vinyl siding. If a homeowner is planning to sell within the next five years, investing in fiber cement siding might not be ideal.
Unlike aluminum or vinyl siding, fiber cement siding has to be re-painted. While the paint job lasts longer than usual, normally about fifteen years, the siding does require painting after some time. Initially, the siding can be installed painted. However, the task of painting fiber cement should be considered when choosing this type of siding.
UNITED HOME EXPERTS
When deciding what type of siding is right, contact United Home Experts. We are the leaders in construction in New England. We know and understand the unique needs of New England homeowners and offer warranties on all contracted work. Estimates are provided at no charge, along with a recommendation for the type of siding that is right for the homeowner. Siding is an investment, no matter the type of siding that is chosen, so it is important for homeowners to make sure the choice is the right one for home and family.
I didn’t know that you could get fiber cement to look like wood. I have been needing to update the exterior of my home this year. I can see how it would be good to choose fiber cement, so it lasts longer, while still matching my house.
Good luck with your siding project, Scott! Have you seen Wolf Composite Siding? It looks just like wood, without the maintenance and may be a great fit for you!