Fiber cement products are available in a range of styles and patterns.
When it comes to protecting your home from the elements, fiber cement siding is a clear winner. Though best known under the brand name HardiePlank®, which is manufactured by James Hardie Building Products, there are several other companies that make fiber cement siding as well.
About Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement is a composite material made from cement, sand, cellulose fiber, and water in a special process that uses pressurized steam. The result is a highly durable material that costs a bit more than vinyl siding but considerably less than wood. While fiber cement siding is often touted as maintenance free, it does require periodic painting.
Advantages of Fiber Cement Siding
While it’s hard to come up with reasons not to use fiber cement siding, there are plenty of pluses over vinyl and wood including:
- Class 1(A) fire rating, which means it’s virtually noncombustible.
- Impervious to attack by termites and other insects.
- Will not rot or crack.
- Dimensionally stable to changes in humidity and temperature.
- Weather resistant, withstands hurricane force winds as well as extreme heat and cold.
- Stands up to impact from hail or windblown debris.
- Resists fading and deterioration from UV rays.
- Paint lasts several times longer than on wood.
- Environmentally friendly and sustainable material.
- Comes with up to a 50-year warranty.
What’s Available in Fiber Cement Siding
From smooth to wood grain to rough sawn, there’s a fiber cement siding to fit every style and taste. Lap siding and shingles come in several patterns and widths while vertical panels can be stripped to resemble board-and-batten siding. Here are some of the products available from James Hardie Building Products:
|HardiePlank® Lap Siding||5/16”||5¼”-12”||12’ boards|
|HardiePanel® Vertical Siding||5/16”||48”||8’-10’|