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What Can Go Wrong With Your Fiber Cement Siding?

A properly installed fiber cement siding comes with a lot of benefits. It can improve your home’s appearance, increase its value, and improve its protection against harsh elements. However, mistakes during the installation can result in early failure. 

Learn ways this material can fail from a trusted siding replacement expert. 

Nailing Errors

Manufacturers set a minimum distance from board edges and ends for a reason. When the fastener is located too close to an edge, the material can break when the board expands and contracts with temperature changes or when the wind causes push and pull on the material. The vibration coming from the loose boards as the wind blows can speed up the fasteners’ deterioration. When it comes to installing fiber cement siding, it’s also important to drive the nails into the studs. 

To prevent this problem, make sure that you hire a reputable siding repair and replacement contractor like High Performance Homes. You can count on our experienced team for superior siding services. 

Butt Joints

While fiber cement will not rot, it’s not completely resistant to water. Water can seep through its ends and edges, which can cause swelling. The movement of swelling and drying and freezing and thawing will eventually cause the material to fail at weak edges. Board ends butting against window and door openings or corner boards must be cut short to make room for expansion. 


Fiber cement manufacturers state minimum clearances where siding meets a horizontal surface. It can include horizontal trim, such as above the head trim on an opening, on top of the mounting block for exterior penetrations, or where the siding meets the top edge of the water table. 

For quality siding replacement services, turn to High Performance Homes. We are also the area’s best roofing company. Call us at (888) 892-7939 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. 


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