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The Advantages of Fiber Cement Siding

Posted by Rachel Karl

Oct 21, 2014


Fiber Cement Board Siding is a heavy, durable product that is 90% sand and cement, making it fire resistant, and virtually all-weather proof. James Hardie is the world leader in Fiber Cement Board Siding. The 5/16” thick material mimics the look of either stucco, or wood siding materials. There are countless advantages to fiber cement siding over stucco or wood alternatives. The HardieShingle product is nearly indistinguishable from cedar shingles or shake siding, except that it is free of imperfections and impervious to all the problems that plague natural wood. HardiePlank Siding comes in smooth or “rough sawn” board textures (like Cedarmill) while the Sierra has a deeply grained wood texture.

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Unlike wood, fiber cement board doesn’t split, crack, rot, warp, or swell. It doesn’t expand and contract with fluctuations in temperature and moisture, so it stays in place, providing the ultimate protection for your home, and remains as beautiful as the day it was installed for decades. It can be painted, and because it is virtually a static product, paint lasts longer on this material than any other, and it comes with a 30 year, non pro-rated transferable limited warranty.

So since fiber cement board siding is the longest-lasting, toughest-wearing material, even against salty sea spray, rain, hail, snow, and hot dry weather, what are the disadvantages?

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You might say cost. At around $12 to $20 per square foot, installed, you will pay about 40% more than you would for vinyl siding, but fiber cement board siding is a far superior product. It won’t date itself the way that vinyl siding has. It actually resembles natural wood, so it’s appeal is timeless, and you will only have to buy it once.

Fiber cement board siding is heavy. It’s made of  90% CEMENT and SAND, so it’s going to weigh a lot more than vinyl siding, therefore, installation is going to be more labor intensive for the installer. Fortunately, we at Peninsula Siding Company are James Hardie Preferred Remodelers, and are certified to handle the job. You benefit from our preferred status with James Hardie.

Plus, Full Service means that no matter what siding material you desire, we can take care of all the details and added items you need, whether you are interested in windows, decks, additions, you name it. We're also BPI certified too, so helping your home get energy-fit (saving you money on your monthly bills) is our specialty if that's the direction you want to take your home.


All of this matters to you, because unlike the big siding and window replacement companies, we never stop caring even once the job is done. Contact us today to talk about your siding project.

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Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

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