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Why Fiber Cement is the Best Exterior Siding for Bay Area Homes

May 17, 2016

 

 

Summer is quickly approaching and with it are scorching temperatures. Here in the Bay Area, we know what it’s like to try and beat the heat, and are constantly on the lookout for tips on staying cool. If you’re building a home or considering a remodel in a hot climate, you may be wondering which type of exterior siding will withstand the heat. While stucco, stone and brick sidings have their advantages, they’re not always durable in the Bay Area climate. Fiber cement siding is the best exterior siding for Bay Area homes because it can stick up to all the elements we experience in Northern California.

Stucco

Though stucco is good for a dry heat, it may be less efficient in humid areas. The framing beneath the interior is more susceptible to rot and mold, which can lead to maintenance and eventual need for replacement. A stucco siding can be painted any color and can remain in good condition for 50 to 80 years in the right climate. Unfortunately, we see quite a bit of moisture in the Bay Area so your stucco siding probably won’t last that long.

Stone and Brick

Stone and brick siding is the most expensive and is made of one layer of masonry tied to the foundation of a home. A masonry siding does well in hot weather because the bricks and stone will cool down quicker. Though they may keep your interior cooler, stone a brick siding can get damaged in harsher climates as they wear and chip over time. With humidity, a masonry siding can develop mold which will require continued, though fairly inexpensive, maintenance.

Fiber Cement Siding

With a mix of wood fibers, sand, and cement, fiber cement siding does well in hot and humid climates. This siding is resistant to salty air and wind and will not rot easily. Minimal maintenance is required to keep fiber cement siding looking good in hotter climates and repairs are just a phone call away! It’s a perfect match for Bay Area homes!

To learn more about siding options and what an exterior siding remodel can do for your home, contact us.

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