While vinyl and wood have been the most popular siding choices for years, fiber cement siding is said to be the wave of the future. Besides its extreme durability and improved eco-friendliness, fiber cement siding also comes with a lower price tag than other materials. Here are the facts.
The overall cost of installing fiber cement siding is determined by the total cost of materials (which in turn depends on the size of the job), labor, and the paint or stain you’ll be using. A job completed with materials on the lower end could cost between $4.50 and $9 per square foot, or $10 to $11 dollars per square foot for higher-end materials. Either way, it is less than natural stone, cedar and wood siding.
Built to stand up against rain, hail, snow, salt air, and damage from insects and fire, fiber cement siding is extremely durable. Its biggest enemy, however, is moisture. Make sure that your siding is installed and finished properly so as not to allow moisture any entrance.
Luckily for homeowners, fiber cement siding also requires significantly less maintenance than other products. Routine power washing is suggested to get rid of dirt and insect nests. Also, make sure to close any gaps between boards, windows and doors by caulking every year.
Fiber cement siding should cost about 24% less than wood siding after installation. It will also last longer with less maintenance.
Fiber cement siding can be ordered from the factory primed and sealed in order to prevent damage from moisture on the job site. Or, it can be delivered raw and painted by the contractor.
Fiber cement products first came on to the market to replace the asbestos cement sheeting manufactured by James Hardie up until the 1990s. Fiber cement has since been considered the most environmentally-friendly siding available today.
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