Fiber Cement Siding Panels
Fiber Cement Siding Panels Are Man-Made Rock
Fiber cement siding panels are excellent materials to cover the exterior of a home. There are thousands and thousands of homes and businesses that have this magic siding on their exterior walls.
The panels are so weather resistant for many many years special ones were made as roofing shingles! The panels used to be made with:
- Portland cement
- fine silica sand
It's important to realize all three of those ingredients are rock or derivatives of rock and water causes no harm to any of them.
Modern fiber cement siding panels contain wood fiber in place of the asbestos. Wood fibers in fiber cement siding absorb water. A point often overlooked is this water can freeze and expand in cold climates.
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Fiberglass Would Be A Better Component
Another key point is fiberglass strands have been used for decades to reinforce concrete slabs. It's an inexpensive building material and it's waterproof.
It would be easy to substitute small fiberglass strands in modern fiber cement siding panels. The new cement siding would then last as long as the original product that contained asbestos.
At the present time my opinion is wood fiber is used as a form of planned obsolescence. If pieces of siding go bad, then you need to buy new to replace it.
Old Fiber Cement Siding On Historic Buildings
You can find durable fiber cement siding on tens of thousands of buildings in the USA. There are no less than ten buildings within a one-mile radius of Meredith, NH where I live.
You can find hundreds and hundreds of old historic homes in just one day if you walk around an old East-Coast city!
Repairing Old Fiber Cement Siding Video
Watch this quick video to see how to replace a piece of older fiber cement siding. It's not hard to do.