When building a custom home, the selection of your siding material sets the precedence for the interior of your home as this is the first thing visitors will see as they approach your custom home. You want to select a product that looks great and performs even better. This is why fiber cement siding is the perfect option for your custom home.
What is Fiber Cement Siding?
Fiber Cement is a siding option that is very aesthetically pleasing, as it comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, including planks, vertical, shakes, and geometric patterns. Fiber Cement Siding is a combination of cellulose fiber, cement, and sand, which creates an extremely durable product that will resist moisture, pests, and fire. This product is known as a green alternative and higher quality product to vinyl. Manufacturing of fiber cement siding products is very sustainable as most utilize wood from managed forests, recycling scrap material, and some facilities even reuse majority of the water utilized during manufacturing. James Hardie, the founder of fiber cement in the 1970s, is equally committed to sustainability by sourcing 90% of their materials from regional suppliers and employing waste minimization and solid waste recycling technologies to support Zero to Landfill initiatives.
Fiber Cement Siding Installation
Installing fiber cement siding must be done by an experienced installer due to the fact that there is extensive prep work, and utilization of sophisticated tools and carpentry techniques to cut, fasten, install, trim, finish, paint, and caulk the siding. Life time maintenance for fiber cement siding is relatively low, with the siding being able to last the lifetime of your home. Most manufacturers offer a 30 to 50-year warranty, although, refinishing is required within 15 years after installation. Other than that, only routine cleaning is necessary. Since this product can last the lifetime of your custom home, it is in fact sustainable. Fiber cement siding can be recycled, but if not, it will do no harm in a landfill as it gives off little to no VOCs during production or after installation. Fiber Cement is a great option for siding on your custom home as it looks great and is environmentally conscious.