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What You Need to Know About Fiber Cement Siding

Posted by Audrey Lichten

Jan 26, 2016



Have you noticed that your exterior siding is deteriorating a little? Maybe it’s about time to update your home’s exterior with some fiber cement siding. This durable siding material is a great option when re-siding your home. But if you’re like us, you probably need to know a little more about it before you make a decision. We’ve compiled some facts so you can learn what you need to know about fiber cement siding.

The basics:

    • What is it? - Fiber cement is made out of water, wood pulp, fly ash, and Portland cement. All of this put together makes for a very durable exterior siding.
    • Durability - Fiber cement siding has warranties against defects from 25 years to a limited lifetime. Factory finishes have a 15-year warranty against flaking and fading.
    • Care - As long as you inspect caulked joints every few years and wash down the siding with a hose on a yearly basis, your siding will keep its beautiful appearance for a very long time.
    • Costs - Pricing depends on finish, size and provider but clapboards, which are the most common type, can range from 70 cents to about $5.25 per square foot uninstalled.
    • Installation - Because of its weight, fiber cement siding can often crack if it’s mishandled. Additionally, specialized tools are needed for cutting and installing it, so you definitely want to hire a professional like Peninsula Siding Company for installation.

The Facts:

    • Fiber cement siding was invented by James Hardie who is still the leader in the field. Finding a James Hardie preferred remodeler like Peninsula Siding Company is recommended in order to get the best fiber cement product.
    • Remodeling magazine has consistently ranked re-siding with fiber cement the #1 return on investment when compared to other mid-size remodeling projects. They report that James Hardie offers the maximum return on investment at resale when re-siding is done with fiber cement.
    • The return on re-siding your house with fiber cement is 25 percent higher than if you were to add a bathroom.
    • Fiber cement costs less than wood, doesn’t attract pests, and resists water absorption to help protect against mold, swelling and cracking.
    • Fiber cement siding is also non-combustible and hail-damage resistant. This feature can sometimes help reduce home insurance premiums. Ask your agent if it applies to you.

When it comes to re-siding your home, it can be challenging. Considering fiber cement is a great option because it offers great looks, durability, reasonable maintenance, and affordability like no other siding material. It’s no surprise that almost 15 percent of new homes are sporting it! If you’re interested in fiber cement siding for your house, contact Peninsula Siding Company for a quote!


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