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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.