Every year, the importance of sustainability in our lives and homes becomes more apparent. That’s why more homeowners than ever are searching for innovative housing materials promoting sustainability when renovating their homes.
At The Construction Group in Minnesota, we offer a wide range of home remodeling services for Twin Cities homes, including many sustainable solutions. Fiber cement siding is a solid bet if you’re looking for a sustainable replacement siding solution.
Here’s what you need to know about fiber cement siding and sustainability when investing in siding replacement services for your home.
What Is Fiber Cement Siding?
Fiber cement siding composition may vary depending on the manufacturer, but the basic components are Portland cement (cement that is manufactured from limestone and clay and that hardens under water), sand, and cellulose/wood fibers.
Wood fiber helps prevent cracking and has a unique curing process that leaves fiber cement boards with minimal moisture content.
For several reasons, fiber cement siding is becoming more and more popular with homeowners. Some appreciate the sustainable aspects, while others favor the material's architectural appeal.
Either way, we prefer to work with James Hardie and Weatherboard brands when it comes to leading manufacturers.
What Makes Fiber Cement Siding Sustainable?
There are reasons why homeowners prefer fiber cement siding. Its sustainability contributes to its easy-to-care-for material and one less thing to repair or replace. Fiber cement relies on recycled materials and consumes fewer resources.
With water shortages in certain areas throughout the world, using materials that reduce water usage is more eco-friendly. Keep reading.
Each of the major manufacturers offers a line of cement fiber siding that meets or exceeds standards set forth by the American Society for Testing and Materials. The siding stands up to harsh weather elements, destructive insects, and noise pollution.
Repainting is necessary after 10 to 15 years because it’s resistant to salt and UV deterioration, so maintenance is minimal. Adding to the long list of positive checkmarks, manufacturers’ warranties confirm its durability, with 30- to 50-year warranties being the standard norm.
Fiber cement is incredibly versatile in its design possibilities and is capable of mimicking the look of a wide range of siding materials.
Today’s fiber cement siding even has wood grain details, so you can enjoy the timeless appeal of natural wood siding with a longer-lasting material.
One of the keys to sustainable building materials is longevity. While vinyl is longer-lasting than wood, fiber cement is one of the longest-lasting building materials next to metal siding. If well cared for, fiber cement siding can last for several decades.
This longer lifespan also means you’ll save money on repairs and siding replacement for years and even decades down the road. And with fewer repairs than wood and vinyl, you’ll see a better return on your investment in ongoing maintenance.
Not only does fiber cement last longer, but it helps to protect your home longer thanks to its incredible durability.
Fiber cement siding is highly resistant to all of the following:
● Heavy rain
● Insect infestation
● And more
One of the beautiful things about fiber cement siding is that it incorporates fewer resources than other types of siding. It also includes recycled materials like cement and recycled woods, making it one of the most sustainable siding materials available today.
Fiber cement is an excellent insulator, helping to complete the thermal barrier or envelope surrounding a home and saving on energy use. Over time, this can add up to significant savings in terms of energy costs while reducing your household’s carbon footprint.
Other Reasons to Love Fiber Cement Siding
Of course, we mentioned that fiber cement’s minimal maintenance cost is a major reason for its popularity. Fiber cement siding can last for decades, explaining the high material demand.
Another reason to consider fiber cement siding is that it can make it very attractive to potential buyers when selling a home!
And because fiber cement siding is not vulnerable to rot or insect infestation, it looks better longer with minimal maintenance, which adds up to a payoff in terms of your asking price when you decide to list your home.
Call The Construction Group Siding Replacement Pros
There’s never been a better time to be part of the sustainability revolution while saving money on your investment. If you’re ready to update your siding with fiber cement from The Construction Group, connect with a siding contractor at 651-731-5857.
Or contact us online for a free quote on siding replacement services.