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Fiber Cement Board Siding and Your Home

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September 5, 2006

What Is Fiber Cement Board Siding and How Do I Know If It Is Right For My Home?

Trying to find the right siding for your home will depend on a few factors. The most important factors to consider are the environment and atmosphere where you live, the style of your home, the look you are trying to achieve and the amount of maintenance you are willing to do.

There are many reasons why you should consider fiber cement board siding for your home. Fiber cement board siding is made from a fiber material, cement, sand and other additional mixtures of products.

Fiber cement board siding is a great choice for homes around high winds and fire prone areas because of its high resistance. Termites and other harmful bugs are never a threat to this type of siding. Moisture won't even be a factor with the life expectancy it provides.

The style of this siding is comparable to other plywood patterns. Both siding choices allow for the look of real wood whether it is smooth or embossed. One very noticeable difference when installing is that the fiber cement board siding weighs half as much as composite siding that is the same size.

Cement Board Siding

There are many different ways to install fiber cement siding. Many ways of installing the siding is similar to how normal wood siding is installed. One popular installation method is to fasten siding with nails or wood screws on a wood frame.

Although installation for wood and fiber cement board siding is similar, ways to cut these types of siding is a different story. Fiber cement board siding is harder to cut and so it takes a little more time to work with than the other wood siding. To cut siding power tools are required. Before embarking on cutting and nailing siding, read all manufacturer directions to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.

To find out what type of siding is right for you, do some comparisons. Think about your needs and concerns that may be associated with where your home or building is located. You may well find out that cement board siding is your best choice.

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