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What Is Cement Siding?

When talking about cement fiber siding the first thing you have to talk about is why it is used. The main reason to use cement fiber by local siding companies in Maine in siding is because of how tough it is. It will last for over 50 years of weather wear and tear, and many manufacturers' warranties reflect this! Another advantage this type of siding has is that it is virtually insect-proof. The main reason that insects burrow into other types of siding (like wood) is for food. Insects will rarely attempt to burrow into cement fiber siding because it offers them no nutrition.

Because of the resilient qualities of cement, cement siding is water-tight and extremely fire-resistant. In locations with heavy rainfall the water-resilient nature of this siding can prevent damage to the underlying layer of the house. In areas where brush-fires are a danger cement fiber siding is used as a safety precaution and to prevent unnecessary damage to the house.

Different Siding Options for Maine Homeowners

Fiber cement can come in a variety of different types of siding. One of the most common types is wood. After the boards have been formed a large roller presses a wood grain pattern on the top and then the boards are stacked and baked in an oven to set harden the boards. Using this same method, other shapes are also made like brick or stone. Once the pattern is set the boards then go on to be stained or painted. The quality of different stains and the ease with which the siding accepts it can allow cement siding to look very close to the color of the actual objects the pattern is meant to imitate. The boards do not expand or contract as much as other types of siding which means that painting is required less often.

Installing Cement Fiber Siding on your Maine Exterior

The first thing to do before installing cement siding is to make sure the house is properly covered in house wrap. This will help insulate the house and protect the plywood underneath the siding. Once the house wrap is attached, all of the walls studs are clearly marked, and the trim is installed then the actual attachment can begin. All of the pieces of cement siding are attached to the studs with nails hammered flush to the surface of each piece. At the bottom of the wall a small strip of cement siding is needed to lay the bottom of the first plank on. Since the top of each plank goes under the bottom of the one above it, this gives the bottom plank an angle to match the other planks above it. Each plank is leveled and attached on top of the plank below it until the entire side of the house is completed. When cutting any pieces of siding to fit the wall a contractor will use either power shears or a circular saw with a dust catching attachment, as cement fiber siding tends to produce a lot of dust when cut. That's it! Cement fiber siding is a durable easy alternative to many other types of siding out there.




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