You may have already noticed that many newer buildings now come with fiber cement siding, and maybe the exterior of your home is covered with it, too. There are multiple reasons why this type of siding is an excellent choice for both residential and commercial buildings.
Fiber cement consists of sand, cement and cellulose fibers, which makes it extremely durable. While it looks almost exactly like wood, termites and other wood-destroying insects, such as carpenter ants or carpenter bees, can’t do any harm to it. However, it is very important to reapply caulk to any gaps or holes so these pests can’t build nests behind the siding. Just like with other forms of siding, it is necessary to have it painted. Paint usually lasts around 15 years. The great thing with fiber cement is that it is low-maintenance, and all that may be necessary is to spray it down with a pressure washer or garden hose once or twice a year.
Furthermore, fiber cement siding is fire-resistant, non-combustible and doesn’t rot. Heat and humidity can’t cause it to warp, and you don’t have to be concerned about it getting brittle in cold temperatures either. In addition to all of this, fiber cement can withstand storms, hail and UV-rays very well. Of course, just like everything in life, this siding won’t last forever, but you can expect for it to last 50 years or more. What this means for you is that you probably won’t have to replace the whole siding of your home for as long as you own it.
As you can see, fiber cement siding comes with many great advantages, and it’s without a doubt one of the best siding products on the market. The installation is best left to a professional. Be aware that fiber cement is somewhat heavy and you don’t want to risk getting injured. A professional installation also ensures that the siding will last you for many years to come and that you can reap all the benefits of this durable, low-maintenance siding product.