There are many siding materials out there, but only one is truly renowned for its durability: fiber cement. This affordable, weatherproof and malleable material can be applied to your home in many ways — which allows your home to have a wider variety of styles than other siding options provide.
In this article, we’ll take a look at why this type of siding is so durable, as well as how cost efficient it is.
Components of Fiber Cement Siding
When you think of cement siding, you probably think of plain, gray colored walls that are reinforced to stand up against anything. But fiber cement siding is made up of a wider composite of materials, which helps make it less bland.
There are four main ingredients in fiber cement: Portland cement, water, wood pulp and fly ash. The wood pump improves the flexibility of the material, particularly when it’s dissolved in water. Meanwhile, the fly ash serves as a filler material. Portland cement — which is made of limestone, clay and iron — binds the fly ash, wood pulp and water into siding material.
This mixture provides a siding option that’s both sturdy and malleable. As such, fiber cement siding can be mixed into generic siding boards or made to look like shingles. In fact, fiber cement siding can even be designed to mimic wood. The possibilities are seemingly endless!
Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding
Aside from the wide variety of styles it’s available in, fiber cement has some performance benefits. The inherent malleability of the material means that it can stand up to adverse weather such as high humidity, winds and rain. It can also resist the destructive effects of salt spray, and it won’t crack in cold weather. Fiber cement siding is also noncombustible, which makes it resistant to fire.
While siding prices vary greatly, fiber cement costs about $1.70 per square foot on average. That price is the second cheapest among all major siding options (vinyl siding costs about 75 cents per square foot). However, in terms of style, performance and price, fiber cement is far and away the best option out there.
If you’re looking to install fiber cement siding on your Houston area home, turn to Best Investments Siding and Windows. We’ve installed siding on homes across the Houston area since 1977. Request a free consultation today!