All About Fiber Cement Siding

Although it’s a relatively new type of siding, fiber cement has remained a popular choice because of the advantages it offers over aluminum and vinyl. While it looks and feels like wood, it’s significantly less expensive and requires much less maintenance, while being highly resistant to insects, moisture, rot, and severe weather. Available in a variety of styles, fiber cement has a reputation for being a high-quality cladding for any home. Fiber cement siding can be tricky to install, so it’s important to trust that job to the professionals at JBS Construction – your fiber cement siding experts in the Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Waukesha areas.

Fiber Cement siding contains 4 main ingredients: Water, wood pulp, fly ash, and portland cement. Water dissolves and activates the cement, wood pulp adds flexibility and resilience, fly ash or silica acts as a filler, and portland cement binds the ingredients together. This unique recipe gives fiber cement an authentic look, flexibility and resilience, and incredible durability.

Being such a popular material, there are many common misconceptions about fiber cement siding that may mislead homeowners. First of all, despite its high level of durability, your fiber cement siding will not last forever. Precipitation and harsh weather, particularly the unique brand of extreme weather we receive here in Wisconsin, will cause wear and tear on any siding material, and eventually, it will need replacement. However, with expert installation from Milwaukee’s best siding contractor at JBS Construction, along with a minimal amount of maintenance, you can expect many years of enjoyment of your fiber cement siding.

Another popular myth about fiber siding is that you’ll never have to repaint it. While it’s true that fiber cement holds paint better than virtually any other type of siding, it will require painting eventually to maintain its high level of curb appeal. A typical exterior paint job has a lifespan of 5 to 7 years, but fiber cement extends that to 12 or more years. Also, if you choose pre-painted fiber cement siding, in which the paint coating is baked into the panels, you can expect your siding to retain a beautiful finish for even longer.

Finally, there is a misconception that fiber siding contains asbestos. While earlier versions of fiber cement did indeed contain some asbestos particles, fiber cement siding was actually designed to replace asbestos materials for the safety of homeowners and installers.

It’s clear to see that fiber cement siding is a great choice for many applications, due to its beauty and durability. JBS Construction is proud to offer our expert fiber cement siding installation services to the Milwaukee area and beyond.

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