Fiber cement siding installation is a great option
A fiber cement siding installation in your Greenville SC or Charlotte home may be suitable for you if you are considering replacing your home’s siding or are choosing an exterior siding for a new home.
Fiber cement is a long-lasting, durable, and low-maintenance material that is used on a residential home and even some commercial projects. It is a semi-rigid material that has substantial protection while also having some flexibility.
Fiber cement siding is trendy among homeowners for several reasons and has been available for many years. Some may appreciate the sustainability of its manufacturing process, while others like how the material looks on a home. When installed, fiber cement siding lasts a lifetime, which is the top reason why there is such a high demand for it.
What is fiber cement siding?
Fiber cement siding is made of sand, Portland cement, water, and fibers.
Unlike the fibreless, brittle cement that is used to make concrete, fiber cement can be blended without cracking, which is a must-have trait for transporting, manufacturing, and installing thin siding boards.
Up until the ’70s, the fibers were made of asbestos, which is a cheap, fire-resistant, and insulative mineral that was widely used in construction. As we all know, asbestos exposure increases the chances of certain cancers, which cause manufacturers to change to cellulose, a harmless fiber made of wood pulp.
Today, fiber cement siding is available in just about any color imaginable and in many different forms. Typical styles resemble a wood grain to look like rustic wood siding. For a modern home that emphasizes clean lines, there is a flat, dimensionless fiber cement panel available. If you are interested in the classic look of stone or brick, this is available too. There are plenty of options for you to consider when it comes to fiber cement siding.
How much does it cost?
Fiber cement siding provides excellent overall value and is long-lasting. Typically, it costs less than synthetic stucco, brick, and some wood options. It is generally less or equally expensive than composite or hardboard siding and more costly than vinyl.
Since every project is unique, there is not a one-size-fits-all price. The most accurate and best way to get an estimate for your siding needs is to get a quote from a contractor that has experience installing fiber cement siding.
Fiber cement siding installation in Greenville, SC, and Charlotte
A fiber cement siding installation may be heavier than engineered wood or vinyl siding but lighter than natural stone or wood. This means that it is not terribly hard to install. The guidelines for installation should be closely followed, especially when it comes to keeping the fiber cement dry and cutting it. Cutting fiber cement is more complicated than cutting wood, and it needs to be done with handheld or pneumatic shears, a diamond-tip miter saw, or a dust-reducing circular saw. You should also wear a mask when cutting because fiber cement will release silica dust into the air when cut.
Steele Restoration is a fully licensed and insured Charlotte NC and Greenville SC-based general contractor and roofing company specializing in roofing, siding, and storm damage restoration for single-family homes, multi-family complexes, and commercial and industrial sites. We service Charlotte and surrounding areas including Rock Hill, Lake Norman, Steele Creek, Matthews, Ballantyne, and Blakeney, along with Greenville and Spartanburg SC areas.