It’s not uncommon for homeowners to feel overwhelmed when searching for home exteriors. There are a variety of products on the market, and each material has its strong points. But individuals looking for a perfect mix of attractiveness, functionality, and value often turn to fiber cement. Whether to replace old siding or for use in a new shed, garage, or addition, it’s one of the most popular exteriors available. Here are some of the reasons why fiber cement might be right for your next building project.
One of the reasons for fiber cement’s strong reputation is that it offers the performance of masonry while providing the visual appeal of alternate exteriors. It is available in a variety of colors and styles, allowing homeowners to find the look that’s right for their home. Finishes are available that mimic the look of wood, stone, brick, stucco, and even cedar shingles, each resulting in an attractive exterior that makes a home stand out for all the right reasons. And if you’re considering placing your home on the market, fiber cement’s durability and safety properties may lead to a reduction in insurance rates, making it even more enticing for prospective buyers.
The Price Is Right
Although fiber cement is not the most modestly priced home exterior, its long-lasting quality might make it the most cost efficient. The product is renowned for its incredible durability, and warranties often last dozens of years or well beyond. The material also boasts great insulating power, meaning homeowners will save even more when it comes to paying energy bills.
Fiber cement offers the two words every homeowner loves to hear: low maintenance. There’s no frequent staining like with wood, and the material often lasts around 15 years until a new paint job is required. If you’re looking for an exterior with limited upkeep, fiber cement is tough to beat.
It Won’t Rot
There’s no doubting the beauty of wood exteriors, but the material is susceptible to mildew, mold, and wood rot. Fiber cement can provide the same appearance, but without risk of rot, no matter how wet it gets. Another of the product’s claims to fame is its resistance to damage from insects. Largely comprised of cement and sand, the material does not attract, nor will it fall victim to, termites and other wood-boring insects that cause extensive damage to other home exteriors.
The Mid-Atlantic region receives a wide variety of weather, but none of it is a match for fiber cement. The material is renowned for its cooling properties, making it ideal for the area’s hot and humid summers. And should we experience a frigid winter, it is resistant to cracking from thermal cycles. The coast can really wear on home exteriors thanks to the mixture of sunlight, humidity, and salt in the air, but that won’t cause any deterioration of fiber cement siding. Additionally, its tough composition even protects against hail damage.
Fiber cement will handle whatever weather gets thrown its way, but there’s no better time to install it than summer. That’s because installing concrete siding requires dry conditions, and the warm weather months offer the perfect setting. If you’re considering fiber cement for your home, give Schaefer Exteriors a call. We have more than four decades of experience installing siding and other home exteriors throughout Maryland and the surrounding states, and we’d love to talk with you about your new project.