In the 1980′s, The James Hardie Company created a durable siding material called cement board. This product has been the most successful at imitating the appearance of real wood with durability engineered to stand up to any climate condition.
Fiber cement siding is a very durable and natural-looking material that appears to be authentic masonry, stucco or wood. It requires less maintenance than other types of siding. It is fireproof, termite-proof and usually has a warranty for 30 to 50 years. It is made of cement, sand and cellulose fibers and is made in a sheet form. It also offers both vertical, horizontal and shingle siding styles. It is usually an approved replacement for wood siding in historic districts and homes.
Fiber Cement vs. Vinyl Siding
If you are considering the replacement of the siding on your residence, here are some comparisons of fiber cement vs. vinyl siding to consider when looking for durability and curb appeal!
Fire-resistant & has been approved for any fire-rated building needs.
Will melt or burn when exposed to a considerable source of flame or high temp.
Has paint applied & baked on in the factory to offer 30% more fade resistance than other similar products.
Susceptible to facing at different degrees which creates a great deviation in its built-in color that cannot be changed.
More weather resistant, resisting deterioration, distortion, cracking, winds up to 150 mph and hail damage.
Prone to becoming brittle when exposed to sun or extreme cold for long periods of time. It is easily damaged by any wind-blown object as well as hail.
Very thick and is able to provide more depth in appearance especially looking more like real wood in appearance.
Not extremely thick and is not available in very many styles, especially a wood grain appearance.
Science of Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement technology evolved to replace the once-popular asbestos-based siding that is no longer used. It has similar properties to asbestos, including durability and fire resistance, but certainly does not carry any health risks with it. Fiber cement siding is very popular in “green” technology as it is made of recycled wood pulp, cement, sand and water that has been cured with pressurized steam to increase its stability and strength.
This material provides an excellent balance between resisting water penetration and allowing moisture build-up to escape. The net result is an energy-efficient barrier to the outside world and all its weather extremes.