Why Choose Fiber Cement Siding
Choosing the right siding for your home can be a challenge. Do you go with vinyl, natural wood, engineered wood, plastic, stone, or brick?
You likely want to strike the right balance between appearance and durability. You also want to consider affordability and future maintenance. Most siding products cover a few of these factors, but one of the newest options on the market, fiber cement siding, checks all these boxes.
What is fiber cement siding?
Fiber cement siding, which came onto the scene in the 1990s, combines the performance of masonry products with the classic look and feel of wood. So, by design, it’s strong and durable — and comes with the classic appearance you’d expect for a home’s exterior.
How it’s made:
Although each manufacturer has a different formula, fiber cement siding is typically made from four main ingredients:
- Wood pulp
- Sand or ash
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Benefits of fiber cement siding
This unique mixture of fiber cement siding comes with many benefits, especially for those building or restoring a home in Colorado and other extreme-weather areas. They include:
- Temperature resistant
- Wind/impact resistant
- Keeps out moisture and allergens
- Minimal maintenance and upkeep
- Deters woodpeckers, termites, and other creatures
With all of these benefits, you might be wondering if fiber cement siding is expensive compared to your other options. It’s impressively affordable, and a significantly lower cost than natural and engineered wood siding.
Other savings will likely be found with lower maintenance costs and homeowners insurance premiums (because of its anti-fire rating).
Fiber cement siding finishing options
When it comes to curb appeal, there’s versatility that comes with choosing fiber cement siding. It comes in a range of design, texture, and color options. It also needs to be painted or stained before it’s installed, which can be done either by the manufacturer or your local siding contractor.