Moving into a new home is a big step in your life. When you find that dream home, you probably want it to look as nice as possible. One thing that can make a big difference in how your home looks is the exterior finish. If this is currently shabby or unkempt looking, you can turn to siding to revitalize the look of the home.
While there are many types of siding, cement fiber siding is one of the more popular options. It offers many benefits that homeowners want to take advantage of. Consider these when you are trying to decide whether a cement fiber siding, such as James Hardie Siding, is the option that is best for your home.
Heat and fire resistant for safety
Think of all the things you do near your home. You might have a grill near it. You may cut grass near it. Many of these activities, those two included, produce heat. Some types of siding, including vinyl, can melt or wrap if they get overheated. When you opt to use cement fiber siding, you don’t have to worry about that. The components used in cement fiber siding have a 1-hour fire resistance rating that won’t ignite if it is directly heated or exposed to flames. The flame spread rating of cement fiber is the same as brick.
Holds up well in bad weather for durability
The composition of cement fiber siding makes it resistant to damage from the elements. It is less likely to be damaged by environmental factors like hail, winds, and rain. If a hail storm does arrive, you aren’t likely going to see dents and divots like you would on aluminum or vinyl siding. There is also less of a chance that the siding will deteriorate due to exposure to the sun. Whether it fades or not depends on the type of finish that it has. There is an option to have the finish applied at the factory, which would make it less likely to fade than it would be if you were to paint it or finish it after installation.
Many available styles to meet any needs
Cement fiber siding comes in a variety of styles. Some manufacturers, such as James Hardie Siding, are known for their elaborate styles like realistic looking wood grain finishes. On top of the options with finishes and colors, you can also choose many different styles and shapes. Cement fiber siding is available in board-and-batten, shake, shingle, panel, and lap siding styles. This enables you to fully customize the exterior look of any building.
People are sometimes concerned that the cost of the cement fiber siding will be cost prohibitive, but this isn’t the case. While vinyl is the less expensive option, you will find that cement fiber siding is the more cost-effective option if you are looking for a long-term investment. Fiber cement siding actually costs right around the same, or slightly more, as vinyl when you look at a per-square-foot cost that includes installation. The cement fiber siding is much less expensive than wood or aluminum options.
Long-lasting for optimal value
While other siding options have a limited life, cement fiber siding lasts much longer. This type of siding can last 50 years or more, so you get a lot of use out of the initial expense that comes with installation. If you pro-rate the overall upfront cost of all siding options based on how long they are expected to last, cement fiber siding is actually the best value for your money. This type of siding is less likely to warp or rot, and it can withstand the impact of excessive wind gusts and wind-blown objects, which further enhances the value.
Easy to care for and made of sustainable materials
The sustainability and minimal environmental impact also make cement fiber siding a good option for homeowners. The siding is made of recycled wood, sand, and cement, so the impact that this choice has on the environment isn’t negative, and there aren’t any toxins that are released through this type of siding. You also don’t have the impact of maintenance with cement fiber. There isn’t any need to pressure wash it unless you want to. Your only maintenance is replacing the caulking every 7 to 8 years to protect the edges.
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If you are ready to make your home look its best, give us a call today. We will set up an appointment with you for one of our experts to speak to you about the project. We will provide you with an estimate for the job and work with you to get it started as soon as you are ready. Your home can look brand new sooner than you think!