There’s a lot to consider when choosing the siding for your home. Not only do you want it to be durable, easily maintained, and affordable you want it to look good. Fiber cement siding has the ability to check off all of those boxes. Fiber cement panels, boards, and siding come in a huge assortment of styles and colors, prove to be more durable than other siding materials, and are incredibly cost-efficient. Which is why here at Capitol Improvements, your number one choice for roofing and siding projects in D.C. and Maryland, we use James Hardie siding, the inventor of fiber cement, in many of the projects we work on.
What Is Fiber Cement?
Fiber cement is made up of just five basic ingredients that when combined create a nearly perfect construction material. Portland cement is mixed with wood pulp, silica sand, cellulose fibers, and water to create a thick durable panel that is not only strong but also flexible preventing it from cracking.
Why Choose Fiber Cement Siding and Panels?
There are a number of reasons why someone would want to choose fiber cement siding for the exterior of their home.
Durability: Because fiber cement contains wood pulp it is flexible and able to expand or contract in different temperatures keeping it from cracking. And it’s cement component makes it rot, moisture and mold, and fire resistant, as well as termite-proof, and other bug and rodent resistant. It is also capable of withstanding winds as high as 130 mph, and is unaffected by the salty air and high humidity that can come with living near the coast. Good news for people looking to upgrade their siding in the Maryland (Bowie, Gaithersburg, Annapolis, Chesapeake Bay) and D.C. areas.
Energy-Efficient: Fiber cement siding is fives times thicker than vinyl siding adding insulation to your home and lowering your heating and cooling costs.
Maintenance: Fiber cement siding is considered to be a low-maintenance siding solution. Where painted wood siding can flake and peel and need retouching every few years, fiber cement siding only requires a good spraying down with a garden hose once or twice a year.
Longevity: Fiber cement siding is capable of withstanding hot and cold weather, and lasts the test of time. Many of James Hardie Siding’s products carry 30 year warranties and some of their products have limited lifetime warranties.
Versatility: Fiber cement siding can be made to look like clapboards, shingles, stucco and stone. James Hardie sells their planks, panels, and shingles in a myriad of designs and colors and even if you can’t find the color you’re looking for this siding product can be easily stained or painted.
Wood Look: Fiber cement siding has all the looks and versatility of real wood, including the ability to be painted or stained in a variety of finishes. Take another look at fiber cement siding for your home to get the best of both worlds in style and durability.
What Is The Cost of Using Fiber Cement?
With such an incredible product it might seem that fiber cement siding would be quite costly when the opposite is true. When it comes to siding costs, fiber cement is really only more expensive than vinyl siding. It is similarly priced to hardwood siding or composite siding materials, and less expensive than stone, brick or synthetic stucco siding. Typically the cost for using fiber cement siding will range from $5.00-$13.00 and this includes installation. There are certain factors that need to be considered when determining the cost of each siding project we take on here are Capitol Improvements:
- The size and layout of your home
- The number of windows and doors to work around
- The siding that currently needs replacing on your home
- If damage is discovered once old siding is removed
- The style of siding you choose (ie. shingles vs. clapboard)
- The style of trim you choose
- Whether extra items like weather resistive barrier are going to be added
When you decide to use fiber cement siding for your home, our team at Capitol Improvements we will meet with you to discuss your vision and advise you of the best options to achieve the look you want, and then we will prepare a competitively priced quote for you.
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Capitol Improvements is James Hardie Certified. The James Hardie Contractor Alliance Program is designed to match homeowners with professional contractors from around the country, who are trained and available to help you meet your needs for siding repair and replacement.
In an effort to provide the highest level of service, customer satisfaction surveys are initiated on every James Hardie project installed by a Preferred Contractor using GuildQuality—a 3rd party customer satisfaction surveying service. In addition, we perform ongoing training with James Hardie in order to stay compliant.
Prior to being recognized as an Elite Preferred or Preferred Contractor, James Hardie considers all of the following:
- Compliance with Installation Best Practices
- Professional Sales Approach
- Satisfactory credit report
- State Licensed
- Liability insurance $1,000,000 per occurrence
- Workman’s compensation Insurance*
- Satisfactory background check with at least 6 past clients
Fiber cement siding is a versatile, durable, and stylish way to finish your home. When it comes to installation it is always recommended to hire a siding company near you that knows the proper way to handle and install this product. Failing to follow proper installation methods can cause unnecessary defects to occur in the siding and lead to issues down the road. At Capitol Improvements we have over 30+ years of siding installation experience and are capable of handling any siding job you have in the Maryland, Chesapeake Bay, or D.C. area, whether large or small.
Capitol Improvements is one of the most trusted siding contractors in Washington, DC serving the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. MHIC 130628. Get your Fast & Free Siding Quote Today!
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“Ryan and his crew installed the siding on our house and I really like it. They did a great job and I highly recommend them. They arrived on time, worked hard and had great attention to detail. I am quite pleased with the quality of the job and the cost.”
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March 20, 2021
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