About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.
The siding on your home is a big investment, so you want to get the most for your money. The siding you choose should add to the visual appeal of your home and enhance it's protection too. When making your choice, you need to compare the cost of the initial investment in siding materials against the cost of ongoing maintenance. When all factors are considered, fiber cement siding might be your best option. Here are a few reasons to install this type of siding.
Fiber cement is a very durable material. It's manufactured by mixing sand, cement, and wood fibers into sheets that are then shaped into boards or shingles. Because the siding contains cement, it is fire resistant. If you live in an area where wildfires are common, then you should definitely consider fiber cement siding. Even if wildfires are not a concern, you'll have peace of mind knowing your home is protected from fire when compared to other siding materials. Wood for instance adds fuel to a fire and is consumed in the process. Vinyl melts easily. Fiber cement is able to delay a fire from entering your house, which gives you time to extinguish the fire or escape from your home.
In addition to fire protection, fiber cement siding protects your home from weather damage. The siding is thick and strong, so it stands up to strong winds, storms, and hail. It's great for wet and humid climates because the siding won't rot.
Low Maintenance Requirements
Because fiber cement doesn't rot like wood does as it ages, it requires very little maintenance. You won't have to repair damage from termites, carpenter ants, or woodpeckers since pests are not attracted to the material. It doesn't dent like aluminum or crack like vinyl. You can even buy fiber cement siding that doesn't need to be painted. The color is baked on at the factory, and there is a wide variety of colors to choose from. This eliminates problems with old, peeling paint and the need to repaint your home every few years. However, if you like to change the color of your home occasionally, you can also buy the siding unfinished so you can paint it however you like.
Return On Investment
Fiber cement is more expensive than some other types of siding. For a typical 1250 square foot home, prices start at around $2500 for vinyl, $3100 for aluminum, $6500 for wood, and $5600 for fiber cement. However, you want to look beyond the initial investment. First, consider appearance. Fiber cement can be made to look like natural wood, and it doesn't deteriorate, so your home will have nice curb appeal for years to come.
Since it requires very little in the way of repairs and maintenance, you won't spend much money on upkeep. The low maintenance requirements and durable nature of the material makes fiber cement siding a good selling point for your home and may even increase it's value. It's possible you'll even get a break on your insurance rates, since the siding helps protect your home from fire. For more information, contact Vantage Point Exteriors LLC or a similar company.Share
13 November 2015