The Basics of Fiber Cement Siding

If you’re building a new home or considering replacing the siding on your current one, you might find yourself with quite a few options to consider. One of these is fiber cement. Our team at Williams Equipment is here to walk you through the basics of fiber cement siding so that you can make the most informed decision for your home. 

What is fiber cement siding?

This type of siding is incredibly versatile and comes in a wide array of colors and finishes. Fiber cement siding has been around for decades now but has recently evolved to fit the ever-changing needs of homeowners and builders alike. Fiber cement siding is a durable, low-maintenance, and long-lasting material that is typically used on residential homes and some commercial buildings. 

At Williams Equipment we carry Nichiha fiber cement siding. The material is semi-rigid and provides incredible protection against the elements while maintaining some flexibility, too. Nichiha fiber cement siding is made up of a patented combination of key ingredients: cement, fly ash, silica, recycled materials, and wood fibers. 

How does fiber cement siding hold up?

When it comes to your home or building, you want materials that will stand up to anything nature throws your way. Fiber cement siding was created to solve that issue! This material comes with some advantages over the traditional siding materials, such as wood or vinyl. For starters, it is low-maintenance and rot-resistant to ensure long-lasting durability. Fiber cement siding also brings documented fire-resistant properties to guarantee fire safety in your home. 

Fiber cement siding is built to last and can withstand even the most extreme climates. With the temperamental nature of weather in the mid-south, this is a great bonus! This type of siding is also unappealing to pests like woodpeckers and termites so that’s one less worry you’ll have in your home.

How do I maintain fiber cement siding?

As we mentioned before, fiber cement siding is a very low-maintenance option for the exterior of your home. That being said, it will still require periodic cleaning. We recommend cleaning Nichiha siding once per year to remove any dirt and dust that may build up with time. No special materials are required to clean your siding. Simply use a mild household detergent and a soft-bristled brush and it’ll look good as new! 

Avoid harsh cleaners and brushes with tough or wire bristles, as these may cause damage to the paint or the siding itself. Once you’ve scrubbed your siding thoroughly, wash any soap away with a low-pressure garden hose. Stay away from pressure washers, as turning a strong blast of water on your home could damage the paint, loosen or remove caulks and sealants, or even harm the siding itself. 

How much does fiber cement siding cost?

Fiber cement siding is a long-lasting and durable material that provides excellent overall value. It generally costs less than other siding options, including brick, wood, and stucco. This affordable cost makes it very appealing to homeowners and builders alike! It’s important to remember, however, that there is no “one-size-fits-all” pricing when it comes to siding, as each project will require something different. When you contact our office, a Williams Equipment team member will be happy to assist you in determining an estimate for your siding job!

The Basics of Fiber Cement Siding

Start your next project with fiber cement siding + Williams Equipment

Whether you’re just getting started on your very first home build or looking to replace the siding on your forever home, fiber cement siding can be just what you’re looking for! With the option to choose from a variety of styles, colors, and textures, there really is something for everyone. 

If you’re ready to get started with your residing project, we would love to help! Contact one of our office locations that are most convenient for you and let’s get started!