If it's time to replace your siding, chances are you want good value and a product that is designed to last a long time. Fiber cement siding provides0 many benefits over other siding types like wood and vinyl.
1. Weather Durability
Weathering is probably one of the main causes of siding damage and degradation over the years. Fortunately, fiber cement is immune to many types of weathering damage. The material is naturally resistant to UV and sun damage, and moisture has virtually no effect on it. Unlike wood, fiber cement doesn't suffer from thermal expansion, so it also works well in areas with temperature extremes.
2. Impact Resistant
Impacts are a major cause of damage to siding, particularly vinyl. Hail, for example, can punch holes right through vinyl. Wind-blown debris poses similar risks to the siding. Metal siding can suffer dents, while wood siding can crack from heavy impact. Fiber cement is solid and secure, so impact damage risks are nearly non-existent.
3. Fire Safe
In areas with fire risks, such as on heavily wooded properties, the right siding can help protect your home from flames. Fiber cement siding is rated as fire resistant, so although flames may lick up against the house, there is a good chance your home will survive if the siding is paired with fire-resistant roofing materials. You also won't have to worry about heat damages that would melt vinyl siding, such as from a backyard grill placed too close to the home.
4. Maintenance Ease
Few people want to invest countless hours and money into maintaining their siding. Unfortunately, some siding options come with heavy maintenance needs. Wood, for example, must be repainted every few years or it will look shabby and be open to wood rot. Vinyl siding is low maintenance, except there will be a need for periodic repairs as siding clips fail or weathering causes damage to individual panels. Fiber cement needs little more than washing off the dust. Repainting is optional and only necessary if you want to change the color of your home.
5. Design Versatility
Unlike most material choices where you must compromise between value, durability, and appearance, there is no such decision with fiber cement. This is because it is available in nearly every style you can think of. There are options that look like wood, as well as those that resemble stucco. You can find fiber cement in nearly any color, or paint it a custom color. It's the most versatile material when it comes to design options.
Talk to a local service, such as Prescott Roofing & Remodeling Inc, to learn more about the available fiber cement home siding options.