Fiber cement siding has exceptional durability and weather resistance, and it adds to your home’s curb appeal. This type of siding made of cement, sand and cellulose fibers has become a popular choice for many homeowners. But despite being a highly recommended material, there are still several misconceptions surrounding it.
Renovation Team debunks some of the most common fiber cement siding myths in this post.
Fiber cement siding did contain asbestos in the past, but James Hardie® – one of the industry’s most reputable siding manufacturers – stopped using this substance in their siding products in 1987. You can rest assured that today’s fiber cement siding is no longer made with asbestos.
“Expensive” is a relative term. While fiber cement siding costs more than vinyl siding, fiber cement is still cheaper than other options like cedar. The sophisticated mix of materials that make up fiber cement is mainly the reason for its pricing. But since fiber cement siding has excellent durability, it’s still a worthwhile investment that adds value to your home.
Doesn’t Need Maintenance
Fiber cement will lose its strength and beauty without regular care. Much like other materials, fiber cement also gets dirty over time, so it needs cleaning and upkeep on a regular basis. Nevertheless, you can reduce the maintenance needed for your fiber cement siding with the right finishes that can prevent or minimize cracking and peeling.
Fiber cement can last for decades with regular care and minor repairs. It isn’t true that it lasts forever, but it can last for many years. Moreover, reputable siding contractors can easily repair or replace it to extend its lifespan.
Easy to DIY
It’s easy to find fiber cement siding products, but installing it yourself is another story. The material is heavy and may crack when mishandled. That said, it’s best to hire a professional to install fiber cement siding.
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