Fiber cement siding is one of the latest innovations in the siding industry. This type of siding, which has the appearance of wood siding, but is much more durable, is crafted from a cement and cellulose mixture. The siding strips are unique among home coverings and are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners in all U.S. climates.
If you are interested in learning more about fiber cement siding and how it will keep your Carolina home cool, this guide will be quite useful to you. The following paragraphs feature key facts about why fiber cement siding is a great option for homeowners from Charlotte, NC to Charleston, SC and everywhere in between.
This Siding Will Withstand the Elements
One of the issues with traditional vinyl siding is that it can easily become damaged in a variety of weather events. Hail and strong winds can dent it, rain can cause it to mold, extreme cold can lead to cracking, and extreme heat can lead to warping. Any of these problems can ultimately expose your house to drafts and leaks. Fiber cement siding is specifically engineered to stand-up to all of these issues.
In the Carolinas, where humidity runs rampant all spring and summer, fiber cement siding is a lifesaver, as insects that thrive in high-humidity areas cannot penetrate it; this means you don’t have to worry about termites and ants invading your home through your siding. Furthermore, fiber cement siding is ideal for people who live in the coastal Carolinas because it does not sustain damage in heavy winds and saltwater doesn’t cause it to erode over time.
This Siding Will Better Insulate Your Home
Fiber cement siding is an excellent insulator for several reasons. The first, of course, was alluded to earlier; since it seals your home better than vinyl siding, it keeps your home cooler or warmer, depending on the time of year. Additionally, when coupled with quality insulation, fiber cement siding does an excellent job of preventing thermal bridging, which can be a major problem for some homeowners who choose vinyl siding styles.
If you have questions about what type of insulation you should choose to pair with your new fiber cement siding, talk to your installation contractor. Most of the time, foam insulation is recommended because it will mold to the back of the cement, leaving no gaps.
This Siding Lasts a Long Time
The more frequently you have to rip siding off and replace it, the more likely it is that your insulation will suffer. It may begin to deteriorate or, the case of cellulose insulation, start literally falling out of your walls as new siding is being installed. Fiber cement siding is engineered to last for at least 30 years, which means you may never have to expose your insulation for as long as you live in your house. This is a major, but underappreciated, perk of choosing this sort of siding!
The team at Hatch Homes is excited about fiber cement siding, which is a beautiful option for homeowners who live throughout our entire service area. If you are interested in discussing this kind of siding further, give us a call today. We look forward to meeting you and starting your project soon!