Fiber Cement Siding
USA: Fiber Cement Siding Manufacturers
ABOUT FIBER CEMENT SIDING
Fiber cement siding is made from fiber cement - a
mixture of sand, cement and cellulose fibers. Because fiber cement does
not have high resistance to thermal or sound transmission, separate wall insulation
is advised. Fiber cement siding varies in thickness from one quarter inch to
three quarters of an
inch, and sheet sizes are typically up to two feet by four feet.
It is available with surfaces that produce a sawn wood look,
having grain and knots. When supplied in basic form, the siding needs painting on
site. Alternatively it can be sealed and primed in the factory, so that only
the topcoats need to be painted on site. The siding can also be supplied completely
finished, with a wide range of colors having been factory painted.
The siding can be fixed to produce horizontal, vertical, or diagonal
board arrangements. Appropriate soffit and trim pieces, to finish siding
details, are also supplied.
CHOOSING AND INSTALLING THE BEST TYPE
Siding made from fiber cement is a very practical alternative to wood siding. By
comparison with wood siding it needs very little maintenance, and it is
available in a wide range of textures, patterns, and colors. It is fire
resistant, and it withstands harsh weather. It can resemble
cedar shingles, wood clapboards, or plain stucco. We would advise keeping the
look simple with a single type, which is consistent with the period and look of
the house, for all the walls.
Before fitting the siding it is advisable to coat the back of the
siding with a sealing primer. This will prevent water from penetrating the back
side and causing paint to peel from the front. The siding can then
be fastened over wood framing using hand or air driven galvanized wood screws or
nails. Alternatively self-tapping screw can be used for fitting over metal
Cutting fiber cement produces a fine dust containing microscopic fibers which
can be very damaging to the lungs. So it is important to wear goggles and a
respirator when cutting the siding, for example with a circular saw.
Siding made from fiber cement is compatible with most other types of material. Any type of
wood or wood composite can be used in conjunction with cement siding for
trim and corner boards.
LEADING USA MANUFACTURERS OF FIBER CEMENT SIDING
based in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, is a leading
supplier of cement siding. Its fiber cement siding takes the form of panels
which give the look of horizontal or vertical wood siding, or
shingles. CertainTeed siding is supplied in basic form, ready to
paint, pre-finished, or with stain finish. Pre-finished products are made
in sixteen colors ranging from white through sand colors, to dark brown. Six
stains colors are available for cement siding. Cetainteed also manufactures
fiber cement roofing, fencing, and trim.
. MaxiTile, headquartered in Carson, California, is a
leading supplier of fiber cement building products, including fiber cement
siding. MaxiTile has been making cement board siding since 1986. Its
siding products have a fifty year limited materials warranty. MaxiTile siding
products include: MaxiPlank, MaxiPanel, MaxiShingle, MaxiSoffit, MaxiTrim, and
MultiShake. MaxiTile advises customers to use factory primed siding planks and
panels, with two topcoats being painted on site. As well as for exteriors, MaxiPanel siding can be used for kitchens and bathrooms.
James Hardie. James Hardie, based in Mission Viejo, California, is a leading manufacturer of fiber cement siding. Its HardiePlank fiber cement board lap siding is used in millions of homes across the United States. James Hardie siding has a surface with a wood grain look; it may be laid horizontally, vertically, or as shingles. James Hardie siding is available in a wide range of looks and textures, which are normally factory treated with sealer and primer. The basic siding does require painting, but as an option a ColorPlus finish can be chosen in 26 colors.
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