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Specialized Instillation Protects Your Siding Warranty

Posted by Petalyn Swartalbert

Mar 17, 2012


iStock 000013593005SmallAny homeowner considering revamping their home’s siding has probably thought about cement fiber. After all, with all the houses around today sporting that smooth, resilient finish, replete with deep, rich color, it’s hard to miss. Fiber cement even comes in styles that imitate the appearance of wood, stucco or masonry.

Plus, as noted by Peninsula Siding Company P.S.C., “Remodeling Magazine” -- the home improvement industry’s leading publication -- ranks cement fiber siding the home remodel with the best return. Specifically, fiber cement siding offers a 25% higher return – and costs thousands of dollars less – than a kitchen or bathroom remodel, and a 23% percent higher return than a roof replacing.

Aside from its value and good looks, this versatile product lasts longer and is more resilient than both vinyl and wood-composite siding. As its name suggests, cement fiber siding consists of a mixture of cement, cellulose fibers and sand. This composition results in a material that’s:

  • Sturdy
  • Strong
  • Weather-proof
  • Fire- and salt-resistant
  • Termite and pest-proof

However, fiber cement’s unique qualities also mean that it requires specialized installation. Poor installation can even void warranties.

Keep it Legit

For fiber cement to look great and perform for years, it must be installed properly, and that requires experienced professionals. Though DIY is popular these days, attempting a fiber cement siding installation job isn’t the best idea for those who don’t know a buttlock from a shiplap.

In fact, just any old siding installation company isn’t enough: To ensure that warranties aren’t compromised, the installation should be completed only by experienced installers, like Peninsula Siding Company P.S.C. Here’s why.

Special Considerations

Fiber cement’s nature – its hardness, resilience, density and weight – make it difficult to cut properly without specialized tools. Plus, it requires special storage and heavy lifting.

And, though fiber cement is eco-friendly – it’s made from sustainable resources -- when cut, it releases silica dust.

What to Look For

If installers aren’t used to working with fiber cement, they may not be up for the job. A better choice? A company that's:

  • Bonded, licensed and certified – Potential customers should ask to see these credentials
  • Experienced with fiber cement – Ask how long they’ve been working with it and to speak with at least one former customer
  • Well-versed in the correct methods of handling fiber cement

For information about the benefits of fiber cement, contact the experts at Peninsula Siding Company P.S.C.

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