While vinyl is still a commonly used siding material in the U.S., fiber cement has slowly but surely been gaining traction as one of the most popular siding choices for American homes. However, there are still a few questions and myths about fiber cement that keep some homeowners from investing in it.
In today’s article, Seattle-based siding contractor Polar Bear Exterior Solutions answers the myths and exposes the answers behind this often-overlooked siding material.
Some Siding Is Completely Maintenance-Free
While some materials on the market really are low-maintenance, be wary of any contractor that claims their products are maintenance-free. The truth is, fiber cement needs to be cleaned every once in a while so it retains its aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Fiber Cement Contains Asbestos
Recent technological and manufacturing advances have completely eliminated the need to incorporate asbestos into fiber cement siding. To be sure, you can check with your exterior and awning contractor regarding their asbestos-free product offerings.
Fiber Cement Siding Is Expensive
It depends on what you are comparing it against. Fiber cement costs more than vinyl siding, but costs less than cedar exteriors. Additionally, fiber cement siding is well worth the installation cost due to its features such as longevity and attractiveness.
Fiber Cement Siding Lasts Forever
Yes, fiber cement is durable, but it won’t last forever — no building materials do. With proper installation and maintenance, fiber cement siding may even exceed your expectations. However, you need to manage your expectations when it comes to exterior siding materials. James Hardie backs its siding with a 30-year limited non-prorated product warranty. HardieTrim boards and our ColorPlus finish comes with a 15-year limited warranty.
No Grand Promises, Just Honest Products
Here at Polar Bear Exterior Solutions, we offer honest products and results, from our siding to Polar Bear windows. Call us today at (425) 999-4053 to find out whether fiber cement siding is the right choice for your home. We proudly serve the Seattle area.