Why Should I Consider Hardiplank Fiber Cement For My Home?

What is Fiber Cement Siding & Why Should I Consider Hardiplank Fiber Cement For My Home?

For homeowners that want the look of wood but don’t want the hassles and costs associated with it, fiber cement siding is a great alternative.  Many homeowners rely on fiber cement industry leader, James Hardie and their fantastic Hardiplank.  This product is available in a variety of textures that can provide the appearance of wood.  Fiber cement siding is more durable than wood — it is termite-water-wind-snow-sun-hail-warp-shrinkage-rot resistant, non-combustible, and warranted to last 50 years, which you can transfer to subsequent owners.

While fiber cement siding has been in use for over 100 years, research and development continues today.  Fiber cement siding is composed of cement, sand, and cellulose fiber that has been autoclaved (cured with pressurized steam) to increase its strength and dimensional stability.  The fiber is added as reinforcement to prevent cracking.
Fiber cement products are very attractive.  You can choose from a variety of clapboard siding styles that have embossed wood grained texture or smooth finish.  The siding comes in a multitude of widths that permit you to have clapboard exposures ranging from 4 inches up to nearly 11 inches.  You can decide among a smooth, stucco, or vertical rustic groove appearance.  The fiber cement siding can be complemented by numerous weather resistant vinyl trim and ventilation accessories. 

Fiber cement siding planks offer a unique capability. Because of the rigid nature of the product, they can be blind nailed with many of the available sizes.  Each clapboard is nailed approximately 1 inch from the top edge.  The next overlapping piece hides the nails below.  This allows you to produce a siding job free from the polka dot appearance nails cause on many traditional wood sidings.
Because fiber cement siding must be primed and painted, either at the factory or onsite within 90 days of installation, your color options are virtually unlimited.  100 percent water based acrylic paint grips cement fiber products exceptionally well.  The siding planks and stucco panels also accept stains.  Because the cement products do not expand and contract to the extent that wood does, paint rarely peels and blisters and therefore holds paint for several years longer than wood.

Contact a James Hardie Siding Contractor to answer all of your questions.

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