Fiber cement siding is the latest innovation in siding for buildings or residential homes, meant to look just like real wood siding without rotting like real wood would. Fiber cement siding can also imitate the look of clapboard and shingles. It’s an interesting alternative to the more traditional vinyl siding so many people have.
Made of a combination of cement, sand and cellulose fiber, fiber cement siding bonds together these materials to form an extremely durable material which can handle weather extremes. It’s insect proof because it offers no food source for bugs. It’s also both moisture and fire resistant and holds a class A fire rating. And, to top it off, it’s not prone to warping or cracking thanks to its cellulose fibers, which help keep it dimensionally stable.
As expected, today’s fiber cement siding offers design versatility as it’s available in different textures, colors, shapes and sizes, so you can customize the look to your personal preferences. It holds a paint well-- you can expect it to not need repainting for 15 years. In fact, when homeowners choose to have the painting process done at the factory, they’re often rewarded with a 15-year paint warranty. Conversely, homeowners that choose to have the painting done afterwards rarely, if ever receive a warranty that long, making it wise to pre-select fiber cement siding in a color from the factory.
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance siding option, fiber cement siding is a great choice. It doesn’t require much upkeep, and it’s long-lasting-- you can expect to get a good 50 years or more out of it, structurally.
Finally, fiber cement siding costs less to install than natural stone, cedar, or wood siding, and can usually be done in a relatively quick and efficient manner.
Central Roofing & Siding Co. is a Certified Pro James Hardie Fiber Cement Installer. Call 301-881-2424 to ask about fiber cement siding in Rockville, Potomac, Bethesda or Silver Springs for your home or building.