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Green and Gorgeous – The Advantages of Fiber Cement Siding
If you have plans this summer to remodel or replace the siding on your home or if you are building a new garage, workshop, or home, you should consider using fiber cement siding.
While this type of material has been around for almost 100 years, many homeowners are “discovering” this type of siding for the first time. New technology has enabled more textures and colors than ever before!
Planks of fiber cement siding can come with a smooth finish that looks identical to hardwoods or with a wood grain that is almost indistinguishable from cedar shingles.
Take a look at the top advantages of using this type of siding.
- Super Long Lasting
Depending on the manufacturer, if you order your siding with a factory primer, even if you install or paint it yourself, most companies will warranty their product for 25 years. Professionally installed fiber cement siding often comes with even longer warranties, some as long as 50 years. That’s a lifetime of protection and peace of mind, hands down!
- Greener than Vinyl Siding
Since fiber cement siding is far more durable and longer lasting than vinyl siding (outlasting vinyl by decades, in most cases) it is far less likely to end up in landfills. While there are no recycling plans for this type of siding (at least not as of this writing) but at least you can feel better knowing that, when you finally need to replace it, fiber cement siding is an inert material that won’t harm the environment. This isn’t something you can say about vinyl.
- Costs a Bit More, But Worth It!
You will find that fiber cement siding is in the mid-range of pricing when you consider stucco, vinyl, or hardwoods. While vinyl is popular because it is the least expensive option, cheaper is not necessarily better. This type of siding is perfect for hot, humid climates because it won’t rot, bend, and is impervious to insects. Fiber cement siding is super fire resistant, has a baked on color that is fade resistant and is very unattractive to birds, termites, and other pests.