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Fiber Cement Siding Myths and The Truth Behind Them

Fiber cement siding is a composite material that’s made of cement, sand and cellulose fibers and is one of the most popular siding materials because of its durability and longevity. Unfortunately, while it’s popular, there are still some homeowners that are wary of this siding material due to the myths and misconceptions that surround it.

In this post, patio door replacement pros from High Performance Homes discuss the common myths about fiber cement siding and the truth behind them.

Expensive

While it’s true that fiber cement siding is a bit pricier compared to other materials like vinyl, it’s still a more cost-effective option compared to materials like cedar and is still worth the price you’ll pay. In fact, what you’ll lose in paying for the material can easily be gained back with the return on investment it’ll bring your home through the reduced maintenance costs.

Maintenance-Free

Contrary to popular belief, fiber cement siding is not maintenance free. After all, it’ll still get dirty over time and allowing this to happen can cost you its attractive appearance. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a pain to maintain this siding material as some fiber cement siding is protected by a lengthy finish that prevents chipping,  peeling, and cracking. In fact, to maintain fiber cement siding, all you’ll ever have to do is clean it every now and then.

Can Be DIY’d

It’s not recommended that fiber cement siding should be installed by DIY enthusiasts. This is because a single plank weighs around two and a half pounds per square foot and can crack if mishandled by an inexperienced homeowner. Only those with advanced credentials and specialized tools should install this siding material. To install your fiber cement siding, simply turn to one of the country’s top rated roofing companies, High Performance Homes.

Made With Asbestos

This notion is actually a half-truth. When fiber cement siding was in its early development, a small part of the manufacturing formula did contain asbestos. However, that was in the 1980s and all materials used in manufacturing the siding material since then are safer and more environmentally friendly, completely removing asbestos from the picture.

Turn to High Performance Homes for your home improvement needs. We are your number one provider of siding and door installation services. Give us a call at (360) 342-9253 or fill out our contact form for a free consultation.

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