There are a few options when it comes to choosing a siding material for your home. Traditional cedar siding or hardboard, vinyl and cement siding (also known as hardieplank). We all know that wood siding is subject to mold, mildew, warping and rotting when moisture is present. This can cost the homeowner a lot of money in repairs and replacement. Vinyl siding is much more durable and resistant to rotting. But vinyl can warp over time, especially when placed in direct sunlight or a climate with excessive heat. Extreme cold makes vinyl brittle and easy to crack. Furthermore, vinyl will begin to fade and lose its color, making patches or repairs difficult to match.
Fiber cement siding is made of cellulose fibers, sand and cement. The mixture is pressurized with waxes and resins and molds the material into planks of siding. Because of the way it is made, it is highly resistant to water damage, impact, termites and other pests. It is not affected by heat or cold, because fiber cement siding doesn’t expand and contract. It is paintable and holds color well, without fading or cracking.
Where wood siding is easily breakable, and vinyl is subject to denting, warping and cracking, fiber cement siding holds up strong in even the most severe weather conditions. Furthermore, it is fire resistant and non-combustible. This means your home will have an advantage if ever subject to outside fire.
Termites and other insects are no match for fiber cement siding. Fiber cement siding can be textured to mimic the look of wood, but has no properties that termites enjoy. They won’t eat it, and you won’t have to spend money on pest control and replacing damaged wooden planks.
Fiber siding has gained popularity over the past decade because of the low maintenance it requires. It is easy to install and can be painted any color you choose. If you would prefer to not paint, it is available pre-colored. You can find almost any color you would like with a 15-year paint warranty.
James Hardie is the company that invented fiber cement over twenty years ago and offers a 50-year limited warranty on the siding. Many building contractors trust fiber cement siding by James Hardie and have an easy time cutting and installing the planks on the home. Overall, fiber cement siding is the easiest way to have a low maintenance home and save money in the long run. You’ll never have to replace a rotted or warped board, and you can rest easy knowing that termites and pests will not be attracted to your home. You’ll be safe from dings and impacts from hail or your child’s baseball and you’ll truly enjoy the beauty of fiber cement siding.