Installing fiber cement siding on a house.
Installing fiber cement siding on a house.

Fiber cement siding is made from a mixture of Portland cement, sand, and wood fibers. Fiber cement is available as lap siding, trim boards, and sheet goods. It can be purchased prefinished at the factory or can be painted with acrylic latex paint.

Advantages of fiber cement siding include:

  • Very hard
  • Noncombustible
  • Doesn’t rot or decay
  • Resists water damage
  • Termite resistant

Watch this video to find out more.

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
Danny Lipford: When it come to protecting your home from the elements, the materials you have on the outside of your home are second only to the roof itself in terms of importance. These walls are constantly under attack from wind, sun, rain, and snow.

Now, for bricks or stucco that’s not a big deal, because they can handle the abuse. But wood siding and hardboard siding, well, that’s a different story. The moisture and constant expansion and contraction from temperature change will break them down over time.

One solution lots of homeowners are finding out about is fiber cement siding. That’s what these people chose for the addition that’s being built onto their home.

Fiber cement is a mixture of Portland cement, sand, and wood fibers; and it’s available as lap siding, trim boards, and even sheet material. The beauty of this siding is that it’s incredibly hard, noncombustible, it won’t rot or decay, and it resists water and termites.

Fiber cement can be purchased like this—unfinished, then painted with a quality acrylic latex paint—or you can buy it with a factory applied finish in a variety of different colors. Now, fiber cement costs a lot less than bricks or stucco and about the same, many times a little bit less, than hardboard or wood siding.

So if protecting your home from Mother Nature is a priority, keep this in mind.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. What do you recommend for sealing between butts. We have and the neighbors, also, tried several products and they all end up cracking. We would like any suggestions you may have.

    • Hi, Nancy!
      Danny says, “A flexible exterior caulk will always work best. And I would recommend a high-quality acrylic latex. It should remain flexible with the expansion and contraction that is normal with any siding. Good luck with your project!”

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