Category Construction Glossary
Installing fiber cement siding is a popular home improvement choice, known for
increasing a home’s property value and garnering high investment returns.
Made from cement, sand, and cellulose fiber cured with pressurized steam, fiber
cement looks like wood. Unlike wood, however, fiber cement is insect-resistant,
water-resistant, and non-combustible. For its dimensional strength, low
maintenance, and versatile appearance, fiber cement is seen on more and more
homes. In fact, 12 to 15 percent of all new homes are now clad with fiber cement
Fiber cement siding easily imitates the classic appearance of wood. Like wooden
cladding and imitation shingles, it often consists of overlapping horizontal
boards. In addition to horizontal or vertical planks, it is also available in shingles
or shakes. Shaped fiber cement siding comes in half rounds, octagons, and
Fiber cement is also versatile in texture. Options include the look of traditional
stucco or something smoother. Cedar textures come with or without regular
interval grooves. Several available colors,
grains, and styles can enhance your texture choice. In addition, fiber cement is
made by numerous manufacturers, making it a convenient as well as versatile
One of the product’s best attributes is strength. Cellulose fibers help prevent the
material from cracking, so that it’s often warranted to last up to 50 years. Fiber
cement will protect your home against the elements, even in rougher climates
where hail and hurricanes are prevalent. It doesn’t buckle, rot, or warp, and it is
known for holding paint longer than wood. In addition, it doesn’t become bitter in
freezing conditions and withstands the effects of ultraviolet rays.
Fiber cement sheets are heavy, much heavier than wood, requiring two men to
carry and install. However, because it is straighter than wood, less time can be
spent with structural alignment. Thin fiber cement must be handled carefully.
Otherwise, chipping and breaking may occur. Costs for installing fiber cement
are typically 75 percent less than natural stone, 35 percent less than cedar, and
25 percent less than wood siding.
Installing Fiber Cement Siding