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Fiber-Cement Siding

Siding is like the skin of your home and has two main functions, aesthetic and protection.  A home with properly installed siding and insulation can save you hundreds of dollars a year on heating and cooling costs.  Siding is the first thing people see when looking at your house and curb appeal is very important when showing your home to prospective buyers. New siding may also help you increase the value of your home and even sell it quicker.  Siding can be a worthwhile investment that can pay off with the right Minnesota siding contractor.

For homeowners that want the look of wood but don’t want the hassles and costs associated with it, fiber-cement siding may be a satisfactory alternative.  This product is available from several manufacturers in a variety of textures that are said to provide the appearance of wood.  Fiber-cement siding should be more durable than wood — it is termite-resistant, water-resistant, non-combustible, and warranted to last 50 years.

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.  The planks come in 5¼” to 12″ widths and 5/16″ and 7/16″ thickness.

The cost of fiber cement siding is more than vinyl and less than stucco and wood siding, making it an affordable and durable product.   Because it is not susceptible to rot and infestation, fiber cement siding offers a long lasting alternative to typical exterior wall cladding.

The installed costs of fiber-cement are reported to be less than traditional masonry or synthetic stucco, equal to or less than hardboard siding, and more than vinyl siding.  Fiber-cement siding products are recognized as exterior cladding by the International Code Council (ICC) Evaluation Service.  Information on Evaluation Service Legacy Reports can be obtained by contacting ICC at their web site (www.icc-es.org).

Warranty

Some manufacturers warrant the siding for up to 50 years.

Benefits/Costs

Manufacturers emphasize that fiber-cement siding is appropriate for hot and humid climates because it is resistant to rot, fungus, and termite infestation.  They also state that it has excellent weathering characteristics, strength, and impact resistance.

  • Money magazine singles our HardiePlank® siding as a great value; a smart investment that delivers on durability
  • Smart Money magazine lists James Hardie in Smart Fiscal Sense feature
  • #1 Quality Exterior Lap Siding Product for the past ten years.  Builder magazine 1998-2008
  • James Hardie® siding is featured on over 20 Southern Living, Coastal Living and Sunset magazine Idea Houses.  And on over 30 Houses on ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover.
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