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5 Reasons To Use Fiber Cement For Your Home's New Siding

by Clinton Stone

Does your home need new siding? Or are you building a new home that will have siding? You have a lot of choices, including wood, vinyl, and even shingles. One option you may want to consider, though, is fiber cement. This unique siding option is growing in popularity because of its durability, affordability, and design versatility. Fiber cement is made from a combination of cement, sand, and other fibers. It can be designed to look like wood, vinyl, or other popular types of siding. Here are five reasons why you should consider fiber cement for your new siding:

It's durable. Fiber cement is resistant to fire, heat, moisture, insects, and nearly any other natural hazard. You don't have to worry about your fiber cement siding rotting, warping, or cracking. Because of this high level of resistance to the elements, fiber cement siding can often often last for many years. It also doesn't require much annual maintenance, like repainting or replacing cracked or broken panels.

It's inexpensive. Fiber cement is often less expensive than wood and stucco. It can sometimes be more expensive than vinyl. However, you'll really save money on the installation. Fiber cement requires a simple process of attaching the siding panels to your homes vertical support beams. That's a quick process that will cut down on man-hours and labor expenses.

It's versatile. You can get fiber cement siding in a wide range of colors and textures. In fact, fiber siding can be made to mimic wood or vinyl. The wood versions can even have textured grain that makes it look and feel like real wood. In addition to different styles and colors, you can also get fiber cement siding in a variety of shapes and sizes. That means you can also use it to resemble shingle siding or you can vary the length and width of your siding panels.

It's easy to paint. Fiber cement usually comes from the factory with primer already applied. As soon as your siding is installed, it's ready for you to apply exterior paint. You can also eliminate painting altogether by having your cement siding mixed in the factory with your desired color. With that option, your siding is installed in its finished state. You may just have to do touch-up painting every few years.

It comes with a warranty. Fiber cement siding is so durable that most manufacturers will back it up with a rock-solid warranty. That warranty could last a decade or more. If you ever have damage to your siding, you can simply call your siding dealer and use the warranty to have the issue repaired.

Contact a siding contractor (such as Newlook Sidings Inc) in your area to learn more about fiber cement siding. They can review your house and let recommend options that meet your goals and budget.