Are you building a new home or adding an addition to your current dwelling? Is it time to replace the weather-beaten siding on your house? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, you may be thinking of picking up the vinyl siding catalog. However, there is a new siding option you should consider, fiber cement.
In this blog post, we will discuss what fiber cement siding is, as well as what the benefits of using it are. If you’re curious about a natural alternative that will last longer than the competitors, please read on.
What is Cement Fiber Siding?
Cement fiber siding is made from cement, sand and wood fibers. It can be made to look like many types of traditional siding, including cedar shingles, clapboards and even stucco.
Though wood fibers are used, they are typically made from recycled waste products which makes it far more environmentally friendly.
This type of siding does cost a bit more than vinyl siding initially, but there are many benefits that make it worthwhile, and it is nowhere near the price of stucco.
Standing the Test of Time
Fiber cement siding, though only slightly more expensive than the vinyl alternative lasts much longer, up to several decades longer. Having to replace your siding less often means that you will save a lot of money in the long run.
Termite and Rot Resistant
Fiber cement siding is great for all climates but it is especially recommended for very humid places. No matter how wet it gets, it will not rot, as it is mainly cement and sand.
This composition also makes it termite-resistant. Though there are wood fibers in the siding, they are mixed into the cement and sand. It would be impossible for a termite to burrow into the cement to get to the wood.
Though it initially costs a bit more, fiber cement siding has a very low maintenance cost. This means that it will pay for itself over time. You won’t have to worry about replacing parts of it because it rotted, broke or was eaten, and that is just a smart investment.
Fiber cement does not have the same environmental impact that other siding has. Though there are no recycling programs currently in effect for this kind of siding, it is an inert material. This means that if it winds up in a landfill, it will not effect the environment in any noticeable way.
Also, the wood fibers come from recycled waste products. This means that the wood which couldn’t be used for other products winds up used here, and does not go to waste.
Time-Tested and Versatile
Though homeowners and contractors are just beginning to learn the benefits of this type of siding, it has been around for a hundred years. You will not be experimenting with some untested product.
Furthermore, the siding can be made to look like almost any material, and in a variety of widths. You can even find fiber cement to match your home’s existing siding style. This can be very handy if you’re building an extension that will need to match the rest of your house.
Fiber cement siding is a great addition to your home. It will last you decades longer than vinyl siding or stucco. Further, it won’t rot or be devoured by termites, which means that the maintenance costs will be far lower. Prepare to be impressed by this long-lasting, durable, environmentally friendly alternative to traditional vinyl siding.