What is Fiber Cement Siding?
Fiber cement siding is a popular construction material due to its low cost and long-lasting quality. It’s made from a combination of ingredients, including wood pulp, fly ash, and portland cement. Over the last few decades, demand for this construction material has skyrocketed, enabling homeowners to rest easy knowing their home’s central structure is weather and termite-proof.
Fiber cement requires professional installation but will last for decades. There are alternative building materials, like wood, vinyl, brick, or stucco, and though these are also quality materials, they don’t last as long. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering installing fiber cement siding in your home.
Advantages of Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement was created from a mix of ingredients specifically created to last. The wood and cement mix holds paint extremely well, so you don’t have to repaint for 10-20 years. The wood fibers prevent cracking and chipping, so your property will continue to look new.
Fiber cement became popular when builders began to replace old construction materials containing asbestos. It’s fire-resistant and generally weather-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about your building materials rotting or molding because of rain and snow.
Though made with some wood for the quality, the cement filler prevents pests! Termites cause billions of dollars in damage annually for homeowners in the United States. Rats and mice also find homes in other building materials and can structurally damage your home by chewing holes and electric wiring. Fiber cement means you don’t have to worry about these nuisances.
It’s also very low maintenance. Fiber cement siding is very easy to clean. With just a hose, you can get off any dust, dirt, or leaves.
Finally, because of its durability and efficiency, fiber cement siding increases the value of your home. Any building or remodeling you do should increase your property value, and replacing your current siding with fiber cement is a great investment.
Fiber Cement Styles
When it was first introduced, this material wasn’t very common, and only a few designs were available. But now, you can pretty much get any design done in fiber cement. Whether you want a wood look with boards or you’re going for more of a mid-century tile wall style, fiber cement can be customized to match your dream aesthetic.
Fiber cement boards can be painted or textured, so you can either go for a smooth stucco look or textured to look like wood. You can choose from dozens of different styles, including lap, plank, vertical, shake, curved-shake, and geometric patterns.
If you’re looking to remodel your home’s exterior, call Classic Construction at 804-794-5690. Our experts will be happy to assist you in picking out the perfect materials for your budget and aesthetic. We’ve served the Richmond, VA, community for 20 years, providing quality remodels for all types of homes.