So, it’s now spring and you’ve decided to re-side your home. Now that the decision has been made, the question is what type of siding do you want in order to enhance the exterior of your home? There are a plethora of options for you to choose from. You could have brick, stone, wood or vinyl to name a few. There are pros and cons to each. For example, brick and stone can easily blow your budget. Engineered wood is nice but may run short in the “performance” category. You may even be considering solid wood, but that will require a significant amount of maintenance such as replacing brittle boards, split boards or even swollen and deteriorated boards. This creates extra work and additional expenses, something most people try to avoid. Vinyl siding is great, but give it a few years in the sun and your beautiful green home becomes a dull, uninspiring eyesore.
There is one alternative that you should consider to all of these. Fiber Cement.
Remodeling Magazine says fiber cement siding is the best investment for your home. Of the 35 categories examined, fiber cement siding is number one and continues to be the best investment for the 6th year in a row. http://www.certainteed.com/learning-center/fiber-cement-siding/?qid=195
CertainTeed, is a leading North American manufacturer of building materials including roofing, vinyl and fiber cement siding, trim, fence, railing, decking, foundations, insulation, gypsum, ceilings, and pipe products. Fiber Cement Siding comes in both recycled and non recycled versions.
One benefit to Fiber Cement is its lower environmental impact compared to other cladding such as brick, and generic vinyl siding. The addition of recycled content decreases the overall environmental impact by 24% and 31% for global warming when compared to the formula without recycled content. If you are looking to go “green”, the recycled option is worth considering.
Another benefit to Fiber Cement siding is that it closely matches the traditional look and feel of wood. Not only is the look appealing, the rating on durability due to weather or everyday “wear and tear” or dings is very high. If you still aren’t convinced, there is the paint factor. Fiber Cement siding comes pre-painted. With 3 layers of pain, a 15 year warranty on the finish and a 50 year warranty on the board, you can’t go wrong. This product also has a superior paint adherence which means that you will not have to re-paint as often. That alone is a bonus for those charged with home maintenance tasks.
If you still aren’t convinced, here are some additional reasons to consider Fiber Cement.
- Lack of water absorption. Unlike traditional wood siding this product does not absorb a lot of water which means that the chance of internal mold and fungus is significantly reduced.
- Lack of swelling. There is less chance that the boards will split or warp which will then require replacement.
- Resistant to the stress of freeze-thaw cycles. In New England this can be a major benefit.
- Non-Combustibility. Can be used in virtually any climate.
- Resistant to insects, woodpeckers and wood boring pests
- You can use both sides of each board so there is less chance for mistakes
- Highest rank for ROI at 84%
- Best of all it is MADE IN THE USA!
To learn more about this product click the link below to read “Best Home Improvement For Your Money” by CertainTeed. http://www.certainteed.com/resources/FC_Cost-vs-Value-043.pdf
For additional information please visit http://www.certainteed.com/learning-center/fiber-cement-siding