5 misconceptions about fiber cement siding

Fiber cement siding has rapidly become the new favourite siding option among homeowners. Not only is it cost-effect and durable, but it also comes in a variety of different style options. That being said, there are some misconceptions surrounding fiber cement that may affect your decision to buy it.

8 Diamonds in Vancouver are siding specialists that provide and install a wide range of siding options. They share five misconceptions about fiber cement siding and what the truth really is:

1. Fiber cement siding will last forever

Yes, fiber cement siding is durable and long-lasting, but that doesn’t mean that it will last forever, unfortunately. Like all things, eventually, fiber cement will reach the end of its lifespan and will need to be replaced or at least touched up. That being said, fiber cement does have a very long lifespan. Given the right installation and care, it can easily last for years to come.

2. It requires absolutely no maintenance 

Little and none may seem like easily interchangeable terms, but there is still a difference. From a functional point of view, it’s true that fiber cement won’t need to be maintained. Once it is installed, it will stay in place until you replace it. Appearance-wise though, it’s inevitable that it will eventually get dirty. An occasional soapy wash and paint touch-up are still needed to keep your siding looking new and attractive. This maintenance task is something you can easily DIY.

3. Fiber cement siding is extremely expensive to install

As is with most cost comparisons, this depends on what other sidings you compare it with. For example, vinyl siding is indeed cheaper than fiber cement siding. However, fiber cement can replicate the look of wood and is less expensive than wood siding. Thanks to its low maintenance upkeep, it will also cost less in the long run. With that in mind, the cost of fiber cement will depend on what you want and compare it to. Take a look at this cost comparison guide for siding cost and installation.

4. You can easily DIY install it

There are just as many DIY projects that you can safely do, as there are ones that should be left to the pros. When it comes to siding, it’s not recommended for DIYers, especially so with fiber cement. Aside from the experience, safety, and tools required to install siding, fiber cement is extremely heavy. It also tends to crack if it is mishandled and if installed incorrectly, can risk damage to your home.

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With more than 20 years of experience, 8 Diamonds guarantees their siding specialists will provide quality service. They pride themselves in guaranteeing that each job delivers in both quality and satisfaction. 8 Diamonds prioritizes communication every step of the way to avoid any concerns or problems. So you can have peace of mind at all times!

For any general inquiries or a quote, contact 8 Diamonds now! 

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