Fiber cement siding provides a traditional wood grain appearance without the drawbacks associated with other siding materials.
Design Versatility. Fiber cement products are available in a variety of textures, profiles, and colors matching your design requirements. One option is horizontal lap siding, which includes profiles such as Dutch, beaded, and traditional. Shaped fiber cement siding is available as shingles, half rounds, octagons, and random squares (with either a straight or staggered edge). Vertical siding options include a traditional stucco appearance, smooth, or cedar (either without vertical grooves or with regular interval grooves.) Fiber cement soffits are also available in smooth and cedar textures, both of which can be vented. Matching low maintenance composite trim materials can complete the architectural design.
Dimensional tolerances and stability. This product is manufactured under factory specifications and guidelines, providing consistent quality and dimensional stability. Products do not warp, buckle, or fade, in contrast to vinyl siding products, and hold a class 1 (A) Fire Rating.
Warranty. Fiber cement siding holds paint well, with some products warrantied to hold paint for up to twenty-five years, though on average 7 to 15 years can be expected. Transferable product warranties can last as long as fifty years depending on the degree of “pre-finish” applied in the factory.
Painting. Most people buy fiber cement siding that has been factory primed and sealed or is fully prefinished in the factory. Factory priming protects the product from moisture penetration on the job site and once the product is installed. Some contractors choose to buy the product raw and then prime and finish paint it themselves, although this is not recommended by manufacturers and may affect the warranty.
Installed cost. The total installed cost (including materials, installation, and paint or stain) for fiber cement on a new home is about 75% less than natural stone, 35% less than cedar, 25% less than wood siding, and slightly more than hardboard siding, according to R.S. Means data. See "Residential Technology Brief" listed below for more detailed cost comparison.