Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber Cement Siding

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What Is Fiber Cement Siding?

Fiber cement siding created a stir in the siding industry when it was first introduced over a quarter of a century ago. Since then it has rapidly become the material of choice for high end siding projects, beloved by architects, designers, installers and contractors, and the general public alike.

Here at Colorado Siding, we are proud to be certified James Hardie fiber cement siding contractors. But exactly what is fiber cement siding and why is everyone so excited about it?
For starters, let’s state that wood is the traditional siding material here in Colorado, with over fifty percent of homes still clad in wood siding. But wood has some serious disadvantages, and fiber-cement siding offers a fantastic alternative to real wood and engineered wood siding options.

Strength and durability are two of fiber cement’s main advantages. Fiber cement is made with a mixture of Portland cement, sand, and recycled wood fibers. The James Hardie company strives to keep their product and its manufacturing facilities as green as possible. No forests need to be cut down to make this incredibly durable product.

With this mix of materials, fiber cement siding has the durability of cement. It is also non-flammable, with a class 1A fire rating. It will not add any fuel to a fire, making it an outstanding choice for Colorado’s mountain communities that are under threat of wild fires in the state’s hot dry summers.

What is fiber cement also known for? Well, termites don’t eat it. Woodpeckers won’t peck it. And it doesn’t rot, split, crack, peel, or deteriorate from either salt or ultraviolet rays.
This makes it a very low maintenance type of siding, as compared to wood. Homeowners can install it and forget it, for the most part. Hail, rain, snow, dramatic temperature changes, gale force winds . . . none of them damage fiber cement in the slightest.

But when someone asks what is fiber cement, we also have to tell them about the outstanding color and style choices available with this product. In fact, the James Hardie siding with ColorPlus technology has the color baked in, so it will look beautiful for years to come, even with the beating the Colorado climate dishes out.
(The ColorPlus line comes with a 15-year warranty on the finish, covering the siding against cracking, chipping, and peeling as well as fading.)

The fiber-cement siding industry on the whole has put in years creating beautiful styles that mimic the look of wood, cedar shingles, and more. The surface can be embossed with a wood grain, or left completely smooth. The panels can be stained, painted, or left completely unfinished. And the boards come in both vertical and horizontal styles, as well as shingles, soffit panels, and of course, matching or contrasting trim.
With this level of customization, buyers can create beautiful designer looks for their homes or commercial buildings.

Protecting Your Colorado Home With Fiber Cement Siding

Siding in Colorado is an important investment.  With our harshly cold winters, and dry, hot summers, the choice you make in siding could mean protecting your home from the many small natural disasters that occur in our state.  We’ve experienced damaging hail storms the last few years, and if you have vinyl siding, you may have experienced some serious destruction on your home. Vinyl siding is an affordable option that looks great, but it doesn’t stand up well to extreme weather conditions.

Fiber cement siding can protect your Colorado home from all of our ever-changing climates.  It will not crack from hail, nor will it freeze and split from extremely cold winters or melt from the heat.  One common problem with wood siding in Colorado is that it can be, and often is, damaged by woodpeckers.  However, these pesky birds cannot break through this material.

We have so many beautiful mountain areas in Colorado, and our dry winters often bring wildfires.  Fiber cement siding is actually non-combustible, which means it won’t be nearly as damaged by fire.  In fact, in recent San Diego wild fires, the only homes left standing were those with fiber cement siding.  If you live in an area at risk for fires, investing in this product can mean giving you peace of mind, even if a fire hits.

What is fiber cement installation?

Although fiber cement panels are heavier than the same size vinyl siding panels, they are lighter than the traditional wood and considerably lighter than stone. This means they can be installed quickly and efficiently by trained installers. However, fiber cement is harder to cut than wood and it releases a silica dust into the air when cut, so installers and anyone involved in the project are cautioned to wear a dust mask if any cutting needs to be done.
If you’ve been wondering exactly what is fiber cement, and you have more questions as to whether or not this is the right siding product for you, please contact us!