Serving Dupage, Cook and Lake Counties, Mount Prospect, Schaumburg, Wood Dale
Thursday, March 21st, 2019 by Peter Pawelko
Is it time to replace your weather-beaten siding? Perhaps you’re building your dream home, or adding an addition to your existing house? We often get questions from homeowners who need to replace their existing siding, and they’re trying to decide - which is right for them?
The purpose of this article isn’t to persuade you to choose one specific type of house siding. It’s to provide you with information regarding fiber-cement siding, so that you can include this option when making a decision about your home.
We evaluate each home and multi-family property on an individual basis. During our consultation, we talk to you, the homeowner (or, HOA/board of directors) and present siding solutions. For the purpose of this article, we decided to only list the benefits of fiber-cement siding. So, when considering your siding options for your new home or remodel, don’t overlook the many advantages of choosing modern fiber-cement siding.
Here are a few pros of fiber-cement siding:
Durable – strong and resistant. It is a composite of sand, cement, and cellulose fibers. It outlasts most of its competitors, often by decades. It is resistant to many hazards, such as fire, heat, hail, UV exposure, snow, humidity, wind, rain and insects.
Specified for different climates – it’s recommended in all regions. It’s ideal in hot and humid climates, such as the Midwest. No matter how humid the weather, it will not rot. Also, it makes a great choice for tornado and hurricane prone areas, where wind-blown objects and excessive gusts are simply absorbed.
Minimal maintenance required – the only maintenance needed is the application of caulk along the fiber cement edges every few years.
Versatile in style – It easily matches different textures, such as wood grain, and stucco. There are plenty of option in color, shape and installation. It can be mixed-and-matched within the same project, or as an add-on to create a totally unique look.
50-year or more warranty – there are many warranty options. The 30-year limited warranty may outlast your average siding by 10 to 15 years. With fiber-cement siding, you may likely never need to re-side your home during your lifetime.
Provides energy efficiency – as an entire installed system, it provides great thermal resistance, or prevention of heat transfer. Installing fiber-cement siding (along with upgrading widows) should provide significant utility bill savings.
It takes some research and some time to choose a particular fiber-cement product. All factors should be weighed carefully against the above benefits. Every siding has pros and cons. We discuss various siding solutions, as well as familiarize you, the homeowner, with cement siding products, features, offers, warranties and what meshes with your wants and needs, expectations, and aesthetics. We consider your house type and location, plus so much more.
Also, we review with you, other types of siding and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each material when making a decision as important as installing new siding or replacing siding your home.
We offer a wide selection of fiber-cement siding to personalize your home or business. Contact us today for a cement siding estimate.