Do you live in an area known for its rainy, wet weather? In addition to being the go-to topic for small talk, your area's weather is something to consider when selecting siding for your home. Although there are a few types of siding that work well in wet weather, one that is particularly common is fiber cement siding. Here's why fiber cement siding works so well in moist climates.
It does not rot.
When moisture and wood combine, you get rot, so that rules out wood as a siding option for homes in moist climates. Instead, homeowners who like the look of wood can choose fiber cement siding. This siding is made from natural wood fibers, but the wood fibers are coated in a cement mixture, so they do not come into direct contact with any moisture. You don't have to worry about fiber cement siding getting weak, rotten patches or those dreaded black spots. Also, there's no need to apply any paint or finish to the fiber cement siding to prevent rot, either.
It does not warp or bend in response to moisture exposure.
The cement matrix surrounding the wood fibers in fiber cement siding keeps the wood fibers from absorbing moisture. As such, the siding holds its shape, regardless of how much moisture it is exposed to and how consistent that moisture exposure is. Other materials, like wood, tend to expand as they absorb moisture and then contract as they let go of moisture — and they do not always expand and contract evenly. This property means your fiber cement siding will stay straight and strong. It won't start looking bowed in a few years' time, and it won't pop the nails off your house due to expansion and contraction.
There's no finish to wear off.
Fiber cement siding does come in various colors, but the color is worked all of the way through the board. It's not a finish on the surface. This is really helpful in a rainy area since persistent rain may cause the finish to chip off or flake away from other types of siding. Fiber cement siding will keep its color fully, through all of its moisture exposure.
In a moist climate, fiber cement siding is a great choice. You don't have to worry about rot, the finish wearing off, or the boards warping. To learn more contact a local siding company that offers products like James Hardie siding.
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