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If you’re thinking about replacing your siding or are choosing an exterior for a new home, you’ll soon discover the different types of exterior materials available, including fiber cement. We’ll take you through the essential information about fiber cement to help you make an informed decision about installing it on your house.

James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding: Durable and Innovative Choice

Fiber cement siding is one of the most innovative types of siding available on the market. James Hardie is the leading fiber cement siding producer and products from this manufacturer come not only with many different style and texture options, but also with excellent warranties. These siding materials also are also extremely durable and can easily withstand tough weather conditions, and don’t require much maintenance.


James Hardie fiber cement siding is also often listed as a more affordable version of cedar shake siding, as the innovative fiber cement pieces can match the wood texture almost uncannily. However, fiber cement siding products also have added benefits, such as resistance to fire, termites, and moisture. All James Hardie products are designed to withstand extreme temperature changes and provides protection against almost any challenge Mother Nature can offer and vastly increase the curb appeal of almost any home. So, if you’re looking for the beauty of wood but don’t want the maintenance - fiber cement siding might be just the solution.

  • Durable. Cedar sidings are durable and resistant to problems such as splitting, swelling and bending. It is naturally resistant to rot and moisture problems. However, like all other wood material, it is best to protect your cedar siding with a protective layer of finish so that it can last longer and look great. No wood is completely insusceptible to termites, humidity and rot. However, cedar is probably the most impervious to all these problems, and does not cup or warp easily.

  • Environmentally Friendly. Most of us would think that using wood siding is not an environmentally friendly decision. However, cedar wood is an exception because it requires minimal processing and treatment. Once it completes its lifetime of use, it is completely biodegradable. It is a renewable commodity that can last much longer than its other wood counterparts.
  • Superior Insulation. Cedar siding is an excellent insulator, and can help you save considerable energy throughout the year. Due to its open cell structure, heat transfers evenly through cedar. It prevents the loss of warm air during the winter and keeps in cool air during the summer. It protects the structure of your home from excessive heat, water and dryness, thereby reducing chances of problems with the internal structure. It also insulates against noise – cedar has a 1.09 R-Factor per inch rating for insulation.
  • Long Lasting. Compared to other types of wood, cedar has excellent resistance to rot, bacteria, fungi and mildew. This makes it a much tougher wood that is less prone to problems. All it requires is a cleaning about twice a year and regular inspection for termites and moisture accumulation. If you provide proper care, your cedar siding will last for many decades. 
  • Workability – Along with being light-weight and easy to saw and nail, cedar is extremely stable thanks to the long strands which make it up.

  • Beautiful Appeal. The unique, natural beauty of cedar has been used on buildings for ages and it blends in with almost any background. With a wide variety of styles, colors and types, each homeowner can find an option that fit their personality, as cedar materials can provide both a traditional and a modern look, depending on the style of the siding.


Cedar siding is naturally attractive - its grain is unique and not repetitive, as compared with synthetic materials, and natural wood ages beautifully, gradually fading to a grey, silver-like tone. Moreover, cedar is very stable and highly durable, since it contains tannic acid that is a natural preservative. It lasts well when exposed to all weather extremes and naturally insulates your home, helping you save considerable amounts of energy.





Comparison of Cedar and other types of Siding

When you are deciding between cedar and other types of siding, there are many factors to consider. Aside from aesthetic preferences, you most likely have certain budget expectations for the project, as well as features that you want your house to have.


Vinyl siding is among the cheapest - and cost effective - materials on the market. Being one of the most popular selections in the United States, it comes with a wide variety of colors, shapes and styles. It is also durable and modern vinyl siding often comes with a heat stabilizer to protect if from melting on hot summer days. However, plastic siding does not provide such aesthetic benefits as those of cedar, and is not quite as durable, long lasting and waterproof. While two houses covered in cedar siding will never look alike, houses, covered in vinyl tend to look quite identical.

Fiber cement, on the other hand, is more durable than cedar siding. It is also fire resistant and completely insect proof, can withstand harsh weather conditions. It doesn’t swell, mold or crack and modern fiber cement siding can replicate the look of painted wood almost indistinguishably. However, it cannot provide the natural color and warmth of wood siding, and is much heavier and thus harder to install.


While cedar siding is the most expensive of the three types, its natural qualities are unmatched by man made products. If you are not sure which type of siding is right for your home, you can always count on Cape Property Pros to provide you with a solution, that meets your expectations and budget. We offer free inspections too, so don’t hesitate to contact us for expert advice.

Cedar siding installation and replacement services

Most of cedar siding problems are related to improper installation and maintenance. This means that you have control over how long your new siding is going to last by choosing experienced siding contractors.

Cedar siding installation can be a long lasting and beautiful investment for your home if it’s installed and maintained properly. Take control over how long your new siding lasts by choosing trustworthy, experienced siding contractors at Cape Property Pros.

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Fiber Cement Siding Maintenance 

Siding and roofing products made from cedar contain natural oils that preserve its natural beauty and repel rot, mildew, pest and insects. However, cedar materials can lose these natural oils when it is not properly maintained, thus making it more prone to damage. Maintenance can slow down this process and help you maintain your exterior.


Discover ways to maintain this material from a trusted siding contractor.

  • Regular Staining and Painting. Nearly all cedar siding is stained and finished. This is to maintain the appearance and beauty of the material. In order to preserve the wood siding, it is recommended to reapply the paint or stain once every couple of years and arranging maintenance inspections once every year. This is something to consider when choosing cedar shingles or siding.

  • Clean your Siding Regularly. Since your siding is outside, it gets exposed to a significant amount of dust and dirt, which can accumulate on the material. Like any other exterior, you will get extra years out of your siding if you annually pressure wash the siding. Whether you stain your cedar or allow it to weather naturally, basic maintenance applies. 


When installed and maintained properly, wood siding can last up to 50 years and provide your home not only with unmatched beauty, but with excellent protection against the elements and cold as well. When you’re in search of someone to take a look at your siding, call Cape Proeprty Pros. We will examine your siding carefully and honestly inform you of any imperfections. 

Cedar Siding Experts

Maximizing the advantages of cedar siding means that it needs to be installed and maintained properly. Since doing this ensures protecting your investment, it is essential to trust your project to cedar siding experts.

Our team at Cape Property Pros is meticulous, clean and focuses on customer satisfaction primarily, so you can be sure that we will work hard to meet and exceed your expectations. Call us at 508-292-1562 and let’s talk about your project!

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Cedar Siding Styles

Cedar is valued for its natural beauty, color being a priority, which is why this type of siding is rarely painted over. It will gradually age and whiten over the years, but will not last as long as treated wood. However, while color options may be limited, there are many finish and style options to help you create the look that you want for your home.


To create the exterior aesthetic you’re after, cedar siding comes in a selection of different profiles. Each with their own look, some of the most popular formats are:


  • Bevel. This is the most common type, also known as clapboard. Each piece of siding is sawed at an angle to produce a wedge that tapers from top to bottom. This type of cedar siding is available in both clear and knotty grades, and is installed horizontally, providing excellent shadow line. Both smooth and saw textured options are available on the market.
  • Tongue and groove is a popular choice for its versatility and good looks. Popular both as an outdoor siding option as well as an indoor paneling choice. It can be installed vertically, horizontally and diagonally, and different joint options provide even more opportunities to create a unique look.
  • Board and Batten Siding. This siding is the most common vertical siding profile that got its start in wood siding. It consists of wide vertical boards with smaller boards called battens covering the cracks where the two boards meet, creating a waterproof surface. It also creates an attractive texture across the surface, thanks to the battens cast a shadow on the siding boards.

  • Traditional Lap Siding. Known for its simplicity and ease of installation, lap siding or clapboard is the most common horizontal siding profile found in most home exteriors. It features siding boards partially layered on top of the other, creating a water barrier to protect the walls against moisture damage. Apart from being the staple aesthetic of a typical home structure, lap siding is usually the most cost-efficient option of all the siding profiles.
  • Channel siding can be installed horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. With this format, each board partially overlaps with the next, thus creating a “channel” effect. 

  • Trim boards create a more defined, clean look of the finest quality.
  • Shingles and shakes. Offering a decorative and refined look, these two products are a great way to create an unique look for your house. Even though they require more skill and experience to install and can be more costly than other cedar siding types, it is well worth the investment. With cedar shakes and shingles, your house gets a one of a kind character and is easily distinguishable from any other house in your neighbourhood.

No matter which option of cedar siding you choose, Cape Property Pros is bound to make your house look beautiful and make it stand out from the rest of the neighbourhood.

Siding Replacement

Recently we employed Cape Properties Pros to remove and replace the cedar shingles on our house. They also replaced a set of deck stairs and new gutters. The work was well done quickly and in a very professional manner. Boris, the company owner has all the licenses and insurance required. He was helpful and available to answer all of our questions. Pat and I (George) love the fresh new look! I would not hesitate to hire CapePropertiesPros in the future.

Pat Clark - 12/02/2020

Siding Replacement, Windows & Door

Cape Properties Pros is the best contractor that I have worked with on the Cape. The job was was done in a timely and professional manner at a reasonable cost. Any issue or problem that happened was resolved by Boris and his team in a prompt and professional manner. Responsiveness in general was excellent. The appearance of our property has ben improved and the value increased. I definitely would use this company for future projects.

Frank Anglis - 09/30/2020

Chatham Whole Home Remodel

Cape Property Pros recently completed a major upgrade to our summer home in Chatham. Job included new windows, siding, trim and doors. From day one I felt confident I would not be disappointed with my contractor selection. Boris was passionate about his business, experienced and confident in the abilities of his crew. Top priorities were communication, attention to detail and customer satisfaction. Our project started on schedule, completed on time, within budget and was stress free. The entire work team was courteous, hard working, supervised and performed quality work. The job-site was left clean each day. Our home looks beautiful and my 89-year-old father was surprised and over the top thrilled when he arrived in Chatham this summer and his desired home upgrades were complete. Thank you

Kathlee M - 08/25/2020

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