What is Fiber Cement Siding?
Choosing siding for your house is a delicate balancing between esthetics, durability, maintenance, and cost. With wood, vinyl, stone, brick, or stucco, you might get only two or three of these; with fiber cement you get all four.
Shingles vs Shakes
50 years ago, the difference between shingles and shakes was quite clear. Traditionally, cedar shingles were precisely milled and finished to give a refined classic appearance. Shakes, contrast, were split off a block using a mallet or a froe, giving a more rustic and irregular finish to a home.
Today, both are machine made, and are also available in a variety of maintenance-free options.
Crossroads offers a complete selection of in stock and special order speciality siding and shakes, in a variety of colors and finished, from manufactures you trust.
How’s it made?
Fiber Cement Siding is a composite material consisting of wood pulp and portland cement.
Fiber cement siding often consists of overlapping horizontal boards, imitating wooden siding, clapboard and imitation shingles.
Fiber cement siding is also manufactured in a sheet form and is used not only as cladding but is also commonly used as a soffit / eave lining.
Fiber cement siding is said to be more durable than wood, but does require some maintenance. It is termite resistant, water resistant, non-combustible and can be warranted for as long as 50 years.
A Green Alternative
Fiber cement is known as a sustainable or green alternative to traditional vinyl or aluminum siding. With its overall durability and low maintenance requirements fiber cement siding offers little if any waste. Also some manufacturers are now using fiber cement siding made from recycled materials. Is fiber cement siding appropriate for all climates? Manufacturers emphasize that fiber cement is appropriate for all climates. Fiber cement siding is water and rot resistant making it ideal for hot and humid climates. It also has excellent weathering characteristics, strength and impact resistance making it a great choice for more harsh climates.