If you’re looking to update your home’s exterior, fiber cement siding is a great option to consider.
You may already be familiar with other exterior siding options such as stucco or vinyl, but an introduction to fiber cement materials could help widen the possibilities for your house. Keep reading to find out what this material is and how it can transform your home.
What Is Fiber Cement Siding?
This type of siding is made from a few simple components: cellulose fibers (or wood pulp), portland cement, sand (or fly ash), and water. The exact composition may vary depending on the manufacturer, and may also include some additives that can increase performance of the material. Because it is a manufactured product, this siding can be customized in a number of ways, and can even mimic the look of other building materials, such as wood. Just like conventional siding materials, it is applied to the exterior of a building to protect the structure from the elements. It comes in a wide range of styles, textures, sizes, and applications, including shakers, clapboards, and shingles.
What Are the Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding?
Due to the composite nature of this type of siding, there are a number of benefits, including:
- Non-combustible. Even when exposed to a direct flame, it will not ignite. It will also not add fuel to a fire.
- Pest-resistant. This durable material is unappealing to many types of pests, such as termites or woodpeckers.
- Rot-resistant. Engineered to not be susceptible to moisture and rot.
- Weather-resistant. Keeps its shape and resists weather damage for much longer than other siding materials.
- Low-maintenance. Color is “baked-in” to the material, preventing chipping, peeling, and cracking.
How Can It Transform Your Home?
Using siding made from fiber cement can completely change the look of your home. You can opt for various sizes, textures, and styles, making it easy to customize the exterior of your house. This type of siding can have a smooth finish, or include a wood grain that replicates the appearance of traditional wood siding materials. In fact, it is even an accepted finish material for homes in some historic districts. Fiber cement is thicker than vinyl siding, allowing for deeper grooves and more authentic wood grain, and is made to last. If you love the look of traditional siding materials, this is a great option to explore, particularly in neighborhoods where the HOA does not allow for vinyl siding. While this type of siding is typically more expensive than vinyl, it is very low-maintenance, and will keep your house looking great for decades, with very little effort or upkeep.
Contact Mountain States Windows & Siding
Fiber cement siding is a great way to completely upgrade the appearance of your home. Many of today’s architects even specify this material to maintain the aesthetics of their designs while keeping costs down. If you need help determining whether fiber cement is the right type of siding for your home exterior remodel, Mountain States Windows & Siding is here to assist. We are dedicated to making sure your Utah home looks great inside and out, and is protected against the elements, well-insulated, and beautifully designed. If you live in Salt Lake or Utah counties, please contact us today for a free estimate.