Siding Choices for the Discerning Homeowner – PART 1: James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding
Choosing a siding material can prove to be a challenge, what with having to strike the right balance of good looks, durability, ease of maintenance, and overall cost efficiency. If you’re a practical homeowner, however, you want all of these characteristics in your siding. Thankfully, fiber cement siding has you covered.
What is Fiber Cement Siding?
Made from a mixture of sand, cellulose fibers, and Portland cement, fiber cement is a building material that started to gain popularity in the 1990s, typically coming in traditional lap boards as siding. Because of its composition, fiber cement siding is generally considered as the only siding that combines the level of performance masonry is capable of with the elegant look of wood. Furthermore, fiber cement siding is available in a wide range of colors and finishes, making them compatible with any home style and theme.
Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding products, such as those from James Hardie, won’t be as popular as they are today if they don’t offer irresistible benefits. These include:
- Durability. The composition of fiber cement siding makes it a highly durable building material. Recommended for any climate, it can resist damage brought about by changes in temperature. Additionally, its cement and sand content allows it to resist rot no matter the level of moisture exposure. Fiber cement siding is also durable enough to withstand termite and pest activity and provide fire resistance.
- Ease of Maintenance. Fiber cement siding is virtually maintenance-free. Because of its innate strength, it only takes regular, light cleaning just to remove dust and other debris and maintain its good looks. It doesn’t need to be repainted, but can benefit from refinishing years after installation to restore its appeal or change its color.
- Aesthetic Appeal. As mentioned earlier, fiber cement siding comes in a number of colors and finishes, and can mimic the look of wood effectively. This allows the siding option to complement any home style and design.
- Cost-Effectiveness. Fiber cement siding can be pricey but it lets you make the most of every dollar you’ll be spending given the benefits it offers. It can also increase the home’s value, allowing homeowners to recoup their investment, even without selling.
Need to work with a budget? In Part 2, we’ll be taking a look at today’s most affordable siding option: vinyl siding. Stay tuned!