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The Benefits of Fiber Cement Siding

Updated on May 1, 2015

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What is Fiber Cement Siding?

Although it's an industry secret, fiber cement siding is made from four basic ingredients: silica sand, wood pulp, Portland cement and water. The water dissolves the wood pulp, which mixes with the cement, which in turn holds the sand firmly in place.

Because it's not made of wood, fiber cement siding has several benefits over the other traditional types of home exterior siding like vinyl and wood. Here are some of them:

It Doesn't Rot!

Wood when exposed to the elements sometimes gets water trapped into its grains. When this occurs, micro-organisms like funghi begin to grow and fester. Some fungi and moss weaken the structural integrity of the wood, while decay fungi actually begin to decompose the wood molecules. If you home has wood siding, over time it might rot away, leaving your home vulnerable.

It's Non-Combustible!

Another benefit is the fact that it's practically fire-proof. Traditional wood siding adds fuel to the fire unlike fiber cement which doesn't melt! It will not spread the fire to other areas of your home. In fact, a lot of home insurance agencies will give you discounts if they know you have fiber cement siding installed on your home.

It Prevents Critters From Entering Your Home!

Also, since it's not made out of wood, you will never have to worry about pest infestation like termites! Termites can eat away at your wood siding and eventually work there way into the foundation of your home.

As you can see there are many benefits of switching your exterior siding from wood to fiber cement. Whether it's saving money on home insurance, preventing animal infestation, containing fires or keeping the integrity of your home.


Which do you prefer for the exterior of your home?

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home exterior with fiber cement siding


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