Fiber cement siding, made popular by the James Hardie Manufacturer, is one of the siding industry’s most important recent innovations. This sort of siding, which is made of cement held together with cellulose, is an extremely strong, durable option for homeowners. As an added bonus, it is also quite attractive.
Some people wonder why cellulose is necessary since cement is already strong on its own. This material serves as a binding agent, of sorts, and further strengthens the cement, allowing this type of siding to withstand breaking, chipping, and cracking in all kinds of climates.
If you’re interested in fiber cement siding, but don’t feel you know enough about its benefits to take the plunge immediately, you’re in the right place. The next section of this guide showcases several great benefits this type of siding has to offer. By the time you’re done reading, you should be convinced to at least talk to your contractor about whether or not fiber cement boards are a good option for re-siding your house.
- It lasts a long time – Fiber cement siding has incredible longevity; in fact, it outlasts every other form of siding. Wood siding, the least durable option, has to, at the very least, be repainted or re-stained every couple of years. Aluminum and vinyl siding both last somewhere between 20-30 years, but may sustain weather damage and have to be replaced sooner than that. Even stucco has to be redone every few decades. Fiber cement has a longer lifespan than anything but brick or natural stone.
- It is an affordable option – Because fiber cement siding is relatively new to the market, many homeowners assume it is also quite expensive. In reality, though, this exterior home covering is quite affordable! It runs about $1.25 to $2.00 per square foot. To put it in perspective, conventional vinyl siding can cost anywhere from 0.65 cents to $2.00 per square foot, and some wood siding options can be priced as much as $8.00 per square foot!
- It is aesthetically appealing – The Hardieplank fiber cement siding sold by the James Hardie is very attractive. It has the look of wood or vinyl, depending on which texture option you choose, and comes in an array of colors. Another benefit of fiber cement is that the paint used on each siding board is baked on, then coated with a UV-resistant layer, which means you don’t have to worry about it fading.
- It requires almost no maintenance – Fiber cement siding is incredibly easy to care for. Once it is installed, you don’t have to do anything to maintain it on a regular basis, although many homeowners do choose to power wash it annually. You can also use your own garden hose and mild detergent.
If you’re ready to make the change to fiber cement siding, contact the team at Hatch Homes today! We enjoy siding installation projects, and we look forward to helping your family fulfill the dreams you have for your home. We are excited to get started!