Fiber Cement Siding - Pros & Cons


Fiber-cement siding has the look of wood siding but has a lower cost and lower maintenance. Market share is approaching ten percent, according to manufacturers. Additional benefits include resistance to termites and fire. Fiber-cement siding will not rot, buckle or warp and holds paint for several years longer than conventional wood siding. 

Fiber-cement trim pieces are straighter than wood siding, so less time has to be spent bowing the trim in alignment.


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Moisture resistance is a concern, but problems can be avoided if the siding is installed correctly and properly treated. Labor is a bit more intensive, and proper precautions should be taken when cutting fiber-cement siding.

...a wavy frame will not be hidden by fiber-cement siding, unlike wood siding. The lumps will show through.

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