Fiber cement is fast becoming the standard choice for homeowners looking for new siding—for good reason. When you compare it to wood and vinyl siding, its strength and durability are unmatched and it has better weather resistance as well.
In this post, Exterior Source shares what makes fiber cement siding special as well as the best choice for your home.
Fiber Cement Siding: What’s It Made Of?
Fiber cement siding is made of a unique mixture of sand, cement and cellulose fibers. This gives it the look of natural wood, but without its weaknesses. Fiber cement siding won’t rot or warp and has a Class A fire rating.
On top of its sheer strength and higher weather resistance, fiber cement siding is also immune to insect damage. On the aesthetic side, it comes in a wide array of colors that won’t fade.
The “average” life span of fiber cement siding is between 40 to 50 years, but it can last longer with proper care and maintenance. To compare, both wood and vinyl typically only last between 25 to 25 years or 30 years at max.
Easy to Clean
Fiber cement siding is also easy to clean and doesn’t need reapplication of stain–or waterproofing coating, unlike wood. All you need to do is wash it with warm soap and water to keep it in good condition.
More Affordable in the Long Run
Although fiber cement as a material is pricier upfront than wood shake or vinyl, installing it is actually more affordable in the long run since it doesn’t require that much maintenance. It’s also easier to install, which means quicker completion times.
Exterior Source is ready to help you with your home improvement needs. We’ll make sure your new fiber cement siding is properly installed so you can take advantage of all of its benefits. homeowners may reach us at (804) 275-5323. For Tidewater residents, call us at (757) 464-2060 to learn more about our services.