ALL ABOUT FIBER CEMENT SIDING
ALL ABOUT FIBER CEMENT SIDING
Whether you’re re-siding your home during a renovation, building new from the ground up, or building an addition, you and your Fairfield County contractor may have several conversations about which siding to choose. When it comes right down to it, everyone wants their siding to achieve two basic functions: durability and aesthetics. Fiber cement is an excellent choice for accomplishing both.
Cement siding has been available for about 25 years, although it just started becoming popular a few years ago. It has proven to be a smart choice for any type of home, including the luxury custom home market. Some of the reasons might surprise you; some may not. All of them make a fairly strong case for the product.
Simple but Sophisticated
Four basic materials are used to make fiber cement siding: water, wood pulp, fly ash, and Portland cement. There’s nothing exotic about the ingredients, but the finished product is rather advanced. Unlike some siding materials, which are best used only in certain parts of the country, fiber cement is extremely durable and can be used in almost any climate. It’s highly resistant to fire and is a good choice for the harsh salty air of the East Coast. This is something to consider for CT waterfront locations such as those along the coast of Greenwich, Westport, and Fairfield, CT.
Fiber cement is resistant to termites, and the material does not sustain mold or mildew. It’s also resistant to humidity, so shrinking and expansion isn’t an issue. And cold weather won’t cause it to crack.
You’ve probably seen fiber cement siding out there without realizing what it was. Although it’s manmade, it does an amazing job of conforming to a wide range of aesthetics. Because of the rigid nature of the material, the seams are very hard to see, similar to that of cedar. You could, in all likelihood, see fiber cement up close but still think it’s natural wood. It can also replicate brick and stone. For that reason it’s a great choice for home additions, renovations, and new construction projects. It may even be acceptable in historic districts, because the appearance is convincing and it’s available in so many different profiles. In addition to the traditional horizontal profile, you can also get it in shingles or shakes.
Installation and Maintenance
Installation requires basic knowledge of the process, although it’s not far off from wood siding. An experienced builder will ensure that the material is installed using the appropriate flashing, board spacing, and nailing. This process is fairly straightforward; however, a professional will ensure it’s done the right way.
Some brands are available pre-finished and come in a wide range of color options. Others come simply primed, which lets you choose your own paint color. Either way, you’ll always want to make sure that the siding is painted.
Cleaning is simple. You can clean it with a garden hose, and a gentle scrub can remove the dirt and debris that collects on most homes over time. Expect fiber cement to last in the Fairfield County, CT climate for 25 years, or even a lifetime, depending on which brand you purchase.
Whether you’re having a new home built or you’re upgrading one that you already own, fiber cement siding deserves more than a passing glance. It looks great, resists fire, won’t succumb to inclement weather, and is virtually indistinguishable from other materials.