Reasons for using Cement Board Siding for your Siding Replacement Project
There are two schools of thought about vinyl siding, with each being on
the extreme opposite of the other. Advocates of vinyl like the ease of
installation and the low cost, while critics aren’t happy with the
lack of water resistance and the fading that occur over time.
When it is time to invest in
professional siding replacement, many homeowners start looking for something that will give them better
results than the material they had before. Fiber cement board siding,
also known as hardie plank siding, can offer a more durable alternative,
which many homeowners prefer.
What Is Cement Board Siding?
This is a siding made from cement, sand, and wood fiber, resulting in a
material that is 90% fire-resistant and extremely resilient. It comes
in a wide variety of styles and colors, replacing a variety of other materials
without sacrificing the look that you want. Not only is it more durable
than vinyl, but it also eliminates the issues that you can have with cedar
shingles, wood clapboards, and other types of wood siding.
Durability – There is a broad range of durability from vinyl siding, depending
on the brand and thickness of the siding installed. Cement board siding,
on the other hand, is extremely durable against harsh weather, insects,
rotting, and salt water spray for homes near the ocean. The siding comes
with a 50-year warranty that can usually be transferred in case you sell
your home before the warranty is up.
Storm Resistance – Cement board siding can withstand hurricane level storms, along
with high wind and hail. Exceptional water-resistance prevents weather
from getting underneath the siding and causing damage to the structure
of the home.
Fire Resistance – The sand and cement composition of cement board siding makes it
highly resistant to fire. In situations where nearby houses burned, the
hardie plank siding remained intact.
Appearance – The great thing about the appearance of cement board siding is
that you can’t identify it from appearance alone. The siding is
made to mimic that of all types of materials, and in a virtually unlimited
palette of colors. There is no style of home or color that can’t
Environmentally Friendly – The portion of the material that is made of wood fiber usually
comes from a recycled waste product. In addition, the siding outlasts
products made from other materials by decades, so that it prevents damaged
siding from going into the landfill.
Cons of Cement Board Siding
In spite of the numerous advantages cement board sidings have, there are
also a couple of negative aspects that keep some homeowners away. For
one, the cost is considerably higher than siding made from other materials,
not only for the siding, but for the labor to install it as well.
The siding is not maintenance-free, usually requiring exterior painting
after about fifteen years, since the color fades. Even with these negatives,
the longevity of the siding and the many options it offers make it a better
value and a more desirable product overall. Hire the professionals at
Dixon Painting for the siding installation process to ensure you get the
best results for your project.
Feel free to get in touch with us to
learn more about our siding replacement services.