Vinyl is the most common siding material in America, but fiber cement has been catching up to its popularity for many years. Perhaps it could have covered more homes by now if not for the erroneous perceptions of many people of it.
To help you appreciate what it actually brings to the table and make an informed decision, DryTech Roofing debunks the worst ones:
It Is Everlasting
Fiber cement weathers like masonry, but reputable siding contractors would attest that it won’t live forever. Some manufacturers and contractors tend to oversell it, making it sound too good to be true. The truth is, it’s going to need replacement like any building material does.
However, fiber cement has an extensive life span. Longevity is one of its biggest selling points. Plus, the fact that it can emulate other materials, like wood, makes it an even more desirable siding option. It doesn’t decay, burn easily or split, lending itself to all climates.
It Is Maintenance-Free
Honest fiber cement and vinyl siding contractors would tell you that any building material gets dirty over time. Without cleaning fiber cement, it’s going to lose its attractive appearance.
The good news is it’s practically painless to maintain. Some products even come with a lengthy finish guarantee, protecting against chipping, peeling and cracking. An excellent case in point is James Hardie®’s 15-year ColorPlus® Technology warranty, which covers paint and labor.
It Contains Asbestos
It’s true that the early iterations of fiber cement siding did have trace amounts of asbestos, but they were completely removed after advances in manufacturing techniques. James Hardie has stopped offering building products with this toxic substance since 1987.
It Is Suitable for DIY
Fiber cement isn’t for do-it-yourself enthusiasts. It weighs about two and a half pounds per square foot and tends to crack when mishandled. Only experienced siding contractors with advanced credentials and specialized tools can cut and nail it safely.
If you’re considering James Hardie products for your siding replacement, entrust the job to a certified contractor like DryTech Roofing. Call us at (240) 491-5600 today to discuss your needs, ask questions and get a free estimate in Maryland.