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Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber Cement Siding By Miriam Kasdan
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Homeowners considering fiber cement siding for their home exteriors will be wowed by its benefits. It's durable, natural-looking, and accounts for about five percent of the country's siding market. Want to know how it stacks up against wood and vinyl? Here’s the scoop on fiber cement siding!

Fiber cement siding, not to be confused with asbestos-cement or synthetic stucco sidings, is a concoction of Portland cement mixed with ground sand, cellulose fiber, and other additives. It became .popular in the late 1980s because it requires little maintenance.

Fiber Cement vs. Wood

When the cost of real wood is beyond your siding budget, fiber cement siding is a strong, attractive alternative. It comes in several styles, including: lap siding, shingle siding, vertical siding, and planks. It has a number of advantages over wood. Most notably:
  • Fiber cement won't rot
  • Fiber cement doesn't shrink or swell when exposed to moisture
  • It holds paint three to four times longer
  • It’s resistant to termites, woodpeckers, and other pests

Fiber Cement vs. Vinyl

Fiber cement siding is more expensive than vinyl, but it's also fireproof, termite-proof (unlike wood), and can carry a warranty of up to 50 years. Other advantages of fiber cement siding over vinyl include:
  • It's noncombustible.
  • It holds paint longer.
  • It's more durable.

Homeowners who opt for fiber cement siding won't regret it. You'll love it for its beauty, durability and low maintenance. What will you do with all your free time now that you'll be doing a lot less painting, scraping, and re-siding?


About the Author
Miriam Kasdan has been writing and editing marketing and technical materials for almost 20 years and specializes in home improvement features. Miriam earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.

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