If your home’s exterior is damaged, or if it’s just finally to the point where it’s really seen some better days, replacing the siding is a decision you really shouldn’t put off. Siding is much more than a decorating covering. Siding which does its job properly, should serve as an important frontline layer of protection, effectively shielding your home from precipitation, moisture infiltration, temperature extremes, pests, and other threats. Based just upon this checklist, how’s your current siding performing for you now? Probably not nearly well enough!
Has your home siding sustained some storm damage, become cracked or warped over time, or simply reached the end of its practical service life? If it’s time for a siding replacement, then it’s also time to decide which type of siding you want to go with. There are more siding products on the market than ever, so you’ve really got lots of choices. Wood looks great, but wood siding also requires a significant investment of time and effort in regular maintenance. Vinyl siding is a much more popular siding replacement option for lots of reasons. Vinyl is relatively inexpensive, doesn’t need repainting or refinishing, and doesn’t present the same moisture damage threats as wood. But while vinyl can be designed to somewhat mimic the look of wood, it still doesn’t deliver the same aesthetic appeal.
Vinyl may be the most popular siding replacement choice in America, but that doesn’t necessarily make vinyl the best siding solution. In fact, there’s a better option available to you: fiber cement siding. Interested in replacing your current siding with an exterior covering that exhibits a winning combination of durability, longevity, and strikingly beautiful aesthetics? Then look no further than fiber cement!
Not familiar with the composition of fiber cement? It’s made with a mixture of Portland cement, sand, and cellulose. The respective percentage of each component included can vary, depending upon the fiber cement manufacturer and particular product line. Fiber cement siding does cost more than vinyl, but it still costs less than natural wood, composite, synthetic stucco, or brick siding. And fiber cement really is a cost-effective choice, once you factor in how many years of reliable protection and performance it offers.
Fiber cement isn’t a new product, either; it’s actually been around for nearly one hundred years! You may not hear a whole lot about fiber cement on a regular basis, partially because it’s not a squeaky wheel which needs much attention. Once you put fiber cement siding on your house, it simply does its job without any fanfare, and rarely needs replacing. So, what else makes fiber cement worth considering? Here are some of the many features and benefits of fiber cement as an exterior covering:
How well a siding product can protect your home over time is really one of the most important factors to consider. And nothing performs better than fiber cement in terms of enduring weather & climate extremes, UV exposure, wind, and all forms of precipitation. Fiber cement is more rugged and more impact-resistant than vinyl, too.
Fiber cement is non-combustible, so that gives it a significant advantage when it comes to fire protection. And unlike vinyl, fiber cement won’t melt when exposed to extreme heat, either. When it comes to fire and heat safety, fiber cement is clearly superior to both wood and vinyl.
Fiber cement doesn’t absorb moisture and won’t rot, so you won’t really have to worry about mold and mildew growth. But what about termites? The composition of fiber cement isn’t a food source for termites, so they’re not attracted to it. Fiber cement isn’t really susceptible to rodents or other pests, either.
Fiber cement retains both its color and its finish incredibly well over time. It doesn’t need to be cleaned as often as vinyl or other materials, either. In most cases, all that’s needed for removing any accumulated dirt or debris is nothing more than a garden hose and a sponge; you can put away the pressure washer or any harsh detergents.
Looks matter, too. While there may be several things to like about vinyl, looks aren’t necessarily one of them. Vinyl proponents will tell you that vinyl can be made to mimic the look of woodgrain or other materials. But at the same time, you can still tell it’s vinyl. But fiber cement is able to deliver a much richer level of aesthetic. Fiber cement siding can be engineered to look so much like natural wood, to the point that people often mistake it for the real thing! Fiber cement offers other texture and color possibilities too – for example, it can be finished to look just like stucco, if you prefer.
Concerned about reducing your carbon impact, or about shrinking your ecological footprint? Fiber cement is made with cement, sand, recycled wood, and water. That means fiber cement is a much more sustainable product than siding materials which are petroleum-based. Fiber cement can also be considered Earth-friendly for the simple fact that it’s incredibly long-lasting and doesn’t need frequent replacing.
And speaking of long-lasting, fiber cement delivers the longest lifespan of any popular siding material. It’s engineered to last 50 years or more, which is something you simply can’t say about wood or vinyl. And by definition, a longer-lasting material is also more cost-effective to apply to your building’s exterior.
Sure, there are several fiber cement siding products out there, but the best fiber cement siding comes from the pros at James Hardie. James Hardie is the most trusted fiber cement siding brand for a reason. They’ve been setting the pace for the entire industry for well over 130 years! Skywalker Windows & Siding is proud to be a preferred siding contractor for James Hardie in North Carolina and Virginia, and we provide a full array of Hardie fiber cement siding products.
Whether you’re interested in HardiePlank Lap Siding, HardieShingle Siding, HardiePanel Vertical Siding, HardieTrim Boards, HardieSoffit Panels, or something from James Hardie’s exclusive Artisan Collection, Skywalker has you covered. In fact, choosing the right siding installation contractor may be the most important decision of all. Skywalker has all the needed tools, training, and experience to handle your siding replacement project, and we’ll take good care of you, too. Looking for some good financing options? We’ve got you there as well. We’re all about helping you to get the best siding solution that also fits within your budget!
Skywalker is one of the highest-rated, most-respected contractors serving the NC Piedmont Triad, Piedmont Triangle, Lake Norman area, and southern/southwestern Virginia. We’d be glad to schedule a time to come out and provide a FREE home or business inspection and personal consultation. Just give us a call at (336) 627-5596; experience the Skywalker difference for yourself!
Luke Wilson started working on roofs with his dad when he was a teenager, and eventually launched Skywalker Roofing in 2003. Skywalker operates in 5 locations across NC & VA, and now includes windows, siding, and other exterior services. Luke also hosts the popular Roofing Mythbusters series on YouTube.
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