If you are in the market for siding for your home or any other structure on your property, whether the building is an old structure or is freshly built, fiber-cement siding is a great option.
Fiber-cement siding is like most conventional siding, where it comes in a wide range of colors and styles that resemble conventional siding material, such as stucco, cedar shingles, and wood. Its primarily made from sand, cement, and wood fibers which makes it an extremely durable material.
The cost of fiber-cement is mid-range, a bit more than vinyl but less than stucco. However, durability alone is well worth it. Fiber-cement is made to withstand many of nature’s worst elements. It is resistant to fire, wind, insects, rain, and rot. One of the many benefits it provides homes in the Black Hills is that unlike vinyl it does not become brittle in cold weather. It can withstand below-zero temperatures and won’t crack during the freeze-thaw cycles.
Fiber-Cement Siding Styles
Due to its flexible nature fiber-cement siding can be transformed to look like the more expensive, less durable types of siding such as wood or stone. You also have a wide variety of styles in which it can be used.
Shakes and Shingles – This design style is used to imitate the appearance of wood; they can be harnessed on both small and large façades. They are available in both individual pieces and panels and come in a variety of shapes, including half-rounds and octagons.
Horizontal Lap Siding – Horizontal Lap siding or often called dutch lap siding is generally the most popular style for most residential homes. This style features long even pieces that are installed from the bottom of the structure, with each subsequent piece slightly overlapping the previous piece.
Shiplap Siding – This style of siding is similar to the horizontal lap siding, except in this style the pieces are not overlapping each other they are placed right next to one another.
Vertical Siding – This style of siding is much like the shiplap siding, with one obvious difference, the direction.
Fiber-Cement Siding Performance
When evaluating any siding for your home or business, another important factor you should always consider is how well it will perform under certain conditions. While fiber-cement might fall short for many of these categories, by letting us know which of these aspects is more important to you and your family, steps can be taken to enhance their performance.
Moisture Protection – Living in the Black Hills, we are well aware of the toll the harsh winters and rainy summers can take on our homes. Fiber-cement siding itself is not well-equipped to handle protecting a building against moisture penetration. However, most manufacturers and well-trained siding installers will provide backer boards and other underlay materials to help its overall performance.
Thermal Insulation – Much like moisture protection, fiber-cement alone is not the best siding for preventing heat loss. For the best results, it is necessary to supplement fiber cement with additional installation.
Acoustic Insulation – Similar to both moisture protection and thermal insulation fiber-cement is not well equipped to prevent sound transmission. However, by advising your installer that this is an important aspect to you an additional layer can be added to enhance the siding's performance.
Ultimately, fiber-cement siding is a great option for your home. It is less expensive than most traditional siding and performs great for most houses in the Black Hills. Because fiber-cement siding is so flexible there are hundreds of styles, colors, and finishes that make any home look great and stay well protected. Also because of its durability, most manufacturers provide 25 years to a limited lifetime warranty against defects, and factory finishes carry a 15-year warranty against flaking and fading.
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Fiber Cement Siding Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does Fiber-Cement Siding Last?
With regular maintenance, your fiber cement siding should last you 50 years or more.
How Well Does Fiber-Cement Siding Preform in the Black Hills Winters?
Fiber-cement siding is an excellent choice for the long winter months in the Black Hills. Because fiber cement siding is made of cement, sand, and cellulose fibers it is resistant to cold temperatures that prevent it from cracking or breaking. This also helps it to be durable against wind, rain, snow, and hail.
Does Fiber-Cement Siding Increase your Homes Value?
Home improvement projects are always a great investment when it comes to selling your home, and replacing the siding is no expectation. In fact, according to Remodeling.net replacing the siding will increase the value of your home by 76.7%. Not to mention the great protection benefits you will get while you live in your home.
Does Fiber-Cement Siding Need to Be Painted?
If you use 100% acrylic exterior house paint, on average, you will only need to worry about painting your fiber-cement siding once every 15 years.