SIDING IN FRANKLIN, TN
TYPES OF SIDING
Picking the right siding for your house is a delicate balancing act between good looks, durability, maintenance and affordability. With wood, vinyl, stone, brick or stucco, you might get only two or three of these. But with fiber cement, a resilient mix of wood pulp and portland cement, you get all four. It's the only siding that combines the performance of masonry—minimal upkeep; rot-, fire-, and termite-proof; unaffected by wind or cold—with the look of painted wood clapboards, shingles, even stone or brick.
Yet fiber cement goes for just a fraction of the cost of these other materials (except vinyl; more on that in a moment). No wonder nearly 15 percent of new homes are clad with the stuff.
FIBER CEMENT SIDING
Benefits? Fiber cement is one of the most resistant materials there is for your exterior. It is insect-proof, because it offers no food source to insects. It is fire-resistant, moisture-resistant, and is not prone to warping or cracking, thanks to the cellulose fibers which boost its dimensional stability.
What's it made of? The basic recipe for fiber cement has just four ingredients: water, which dissolves the wood pulp and activates and hardens the cement; wood pulp, which improves flexibility and resilience; fly ash, which acts as a filler (some makers use silica sand instead); and portland cement, which binds the ingredients and is made with limestone, clay and iron.
DIY or hire a pro? Handling fiber cement can be tricky because of its weight. At almost 2 1/2lbs per square foot it has a tendency to crack if mishandled. There are specialized tools needed to cut and nail it, which makes fiber-cement installation best left to pros.
JamesHardie HardiePlank - Trusted by builders, contractors and architects, James Hardie® siding and trim products have a reputation for long-lasting performance - even in challenging coastal conditions. Now's the time to make decisions to build better. James Hardie siding offers more durability, value, beauty and safety for your home.
CertainTeed WeatherBoard - Fiber cement is an excellent cladding material and provides high-end resale value, but the brand you choose can impact how aesthetically pleasing your home is from the curb to the front porch. A level of style that begins with the head-turning ColorMax Finishing System and continues with the feel of TrueTexture, an innovative system that delivers authentic woodgrain through a direct transfer system from real cedar boards.
Maintenance? Vinyl siding never needs paint. Ever. The only maintenance it will need is a simple wash with a soft cloth and garden hose to keep it looking great, a feature today's strapped-for-time homeowners totally appreciate!