From Margaret Everton on November 23, 2010 in Siding
Many homeowners love the warm and aesthetically pleasing look of wood siding, but don’t have the time or energy to maintain it. Luckily, there are better options that give you the pros without the cons—namely, fiber cement siding.
So what is it, exactly? Fiber cement siding is made of cement, sand, and cellulose fiber cured with pressurized steam. And, since it’s made of natural raw materials (sand and water), it’s one siding option that is extremely sustainable.
Termite-proof, water-repellant and fire-resistant, fiber cement siding is warranted to last an impressive 50 years. It avoids damage from hail and hurricanes far better than wood and won’t rot, buckle or warp over time. Better yet, it costs less and holds paint for years after installation.
Install new siding before the winter and you could cash in on holiday specials—get a few price quotes to learn what fiber cement would cost for your own home. It can be purchased as shingles or shakes, as well as vertical and horizontal planks in a variety of colors, grains and styles.
Recommended Siding Brands
For siding that’s both green and low-maintenance, we recommend Hardiplank by James Hardie. Made from sustainable fiber cement, this stuff looks great and lasts forever, too.
Another fantastic option is Truwood Siding by Collins. FSC-certified, it’s made from 40% recycled wood fiber and looks beautiful.
With the proper periodic maintenance, fiber cement siding can easily give homeowners the look they crave for years to come—without all the issues that come along with wood. And that’s one killer siding option.