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 be matched.
- 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.
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