Posted on: 3 April 2015
Cement siding, sometimes referred to as fiber cement siding, is an alternative to traditional vinyl or wood siding that offers a different set of strengths and weaknesses. Understanding the features of cement siding can help you decide whether or not it is the right fit for your home.
The Advantages of Cement Siding
- Strength: Cement siding is extremely strong, and is capable of withstanding greater degrees of blunt force trauma and weather exposure than wood or vinyl siding. It should also be noted that as it is made out of cement, cement siding is immune to fungal growth and pest infestations, which makes cement siding ideal in moist or humid areas. Higher durability means that cement siding has a longer lifespan than weaker types of siding.
- Fire Resistance: Cement burns at a much higher temperature than wood or vinyl does, which means that it can withstand fires much better than traditional types of siding. Keep in mind that this does not mean that cement siding is fireproof: rather, it is much less likely to become significantly damaged in minor fires, and can help prevent the rapid spread of fire that can be a danger with wood siding.
- Low Maintenance: Besides basic cleaning, which can be done with a power washer, cement siding usually comes already painted, which will last upwards of ten years before needing to be repainted. The actual lifespan of the paint will of course depend on specific conditions regarding climate, weather exposure, and size of each cement siding installation.
- Customization: Cement siding is made from liquid cement and sand, which can be made into an almost limitless range of shades, and can even be made to look like stucco or wood siding if you want the aesthetics of other materials but the benefits of cement siding.
The Disadvantages of Cement Siding
- Hard to Install: Cement siding is extremely hard to work with, due to its heavy weight, which means that special equipment may be needed to properly install cement siding. This in turn drives up labour costs. This means that cement siding is not a viable solution for those who are looking for a DIY project.
- Price: Compared to vinyl or wood siding, cement siding is significantly more expensive. However, cement siding has a longer lifespan, which means that repair or replacement costs are reduced in the long run, helping to mitigate the initial cost. However, the large up-front investment means that cement siding may not be ideal for those operating under a budget. Talk to a professional like Fleshcon / Clearview Concrete for a quote.