Fiber cement siding has become very popular over the last 10 years; however it's been around for over 100 years. One of the great things about it gaining popularity is that with more demand, more styles are becoming available to purchase.
The Mimicking of Fiber Cement Siding Styles
Fiber cement siding does a great job of mimicking the grain of hard wood. The grooves and notches so closely resemble each other that in some cases people will patch up a wooden sided house with fiber cement siding. Fiber cement siding is much more economical than traditional wood siding and it is extremely flame resistant, which you could imagine wood is not.
Another style of siding would be the "smooth lap", this one looks more like vinyl siding in the way it is installed. Unlike vinyl siding though, fiber cement siding has a much longer life span. Also, depending on the neighborhood you live in vinyl siding can actually decrease the value of your home. Fiber cement siding is viewed as a high quality product and will help your home hold its value better. Fiber cement siding is a water repellant so it is less likely to absorb and be destroyed by water damage.
Vertical siding is another option with fiber cement, this isn't your traditional way of siding, but may be just what you are looking for to spice up the style a bit. Vertical stripes add height to a structure too, if your house is maybe a bit shorter than those around it, this may give the allusion of a taller building. This type of style gives a little more of an artsy feel to a place and if you are an eclectic person, this could give you the little edge you are looking for.