Fiber cement board is also known as strand siding and hardie board siding as it was developed in the 1980′s by James Hardie. Fiber cement board is typically a combination of cellulose, cement and sand that is produced in many different styles. Like vinyl siding, fiber cement board is incredibly durable and well suited to our Midwestern humid continental climate of Ann Arbor, MI and can stand up to our hot summers cold snowy winters filled with lots of rain.
Pros of Fiber Cement Board Siding
In addition to the fiber cement board’s durable nature, it can also easily replicate other siding materials for a more traditional look including wood siding and even stucco. But fortunately, fiber cement board won’t rot or warp like wood and it won’t chip like stucco. Fiber cement board siding is available in a wide array of colors and is known to hold paint very well if a color change is desired after installation. Fiber cement board is extremely water and storm resistant and noncombustible (it has a Class A fire rating the same as brick) which makes it a great, long lasting choice for your home. While not as green a choice as vinyl, it should be noted that fiber cement board is made up of 10%-20% recycled materials.
Cons of Hardie Board Siding
The installation of fiber cement board siding is more difficult than vinyl because of the weight of the siding which means it costs more for installation and labor, but other than that, it is otherwise maintenance free. It only requires painting every 15-20 years.
Fiber Cement AKA Strand & Hardie Board Siding Installation, Replacement & Repair in Ann Arbor, Michigan
When installed correctly, fiber cement board siding can make your home look brand new with a pleasing grain that looks real wood. Contact Big Ike’s Roofing to learn more today. We can assist you in choosing between fiber cement board and vinyl siding; two great choices for our Ann Arbor, MI climate.