Fiber cement siding is quickly growing in popularity among homeowners all over the United States, including in both North Carolina and South Carolina. There are a number of reasons for this, such as the fact that fiber cement siding boards are both fire retardant and wind-resistant, even in hurricane-force gales. Whether you have recently purchased fiber cement siding or you are just starting to think about investing in this product, you will benefit from reading this guide.
In the following paragraphs, you’ll discover helpful information about how to maintain your James Hardie fiber cement siding so it looks great for decades. The team at Hatch Homes is skilled at installing this type of siding and we would be happy to answer any questions you may still have when you reach the end of this guide. We also hope you’ll give us an opportunity to give you a quote for your upcoming Carolina siding project.
Check the caulk on a regular basis
Although fiber cement siding boards are largely resistant to moisture, there are still certain instances in which they can sustain water damage. This generally happens when the caulk between the boards or panels begins to deteriorate, allowing rain to infiltrate your home’s walls. Since water damage can be serious, it’s important to regularly take a look at the caulk to make sure there are no cracks or holes that need to be repaired. In most cases, you can add extra caulk to fill these spaces without professional help.
Keep your gutters clean and properly aligned
When gutters are allowed to fill with leaves, standing rainwater or snow, and other debris, they get heavy. Heavy gutters can fall out of alignment, ultimately leading to big problems, including water damage to fiber cement siding. The best way to make sure your entire gutter system is in good working order is to hire a reputable Carolina gutter care company to clear your gutters twice per year, at the start of spring and the end of fall.
Clean your siding boards occasionally
Although rainwater will do its part to clean dirt and grime off of your home’s fiber cement siding, it’s still crucial to give it deep-cleaning sessions once or twice a year. Not only will this make your Carolina home look its best, but it will prevent mold growth. Fiber cement siding can be pressure washed, which is the most efficient way to clean it well. If you don’t own a pressure washer, you should be able to rent one from a local hardware store.
As mentioned previously, the Hatch Homes crew is excited to help you learn more about fiber cement siding and, if you choose this exterior covering for your house, to oversee the installation process for you. You can trust our team to do the job right the first time, so you’ll never have to worry about problems in the future. We’re here to make sure you have the house you’ve always dreamed of owning!