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How good is your home heating system? Does it warm up the whole house on a cold day? Does it cost more than you think it should to get enough heat in the winter? Are you thinking about switching to an alternative heating system? Do you want to upgrade to a newer heating system? I started this blog to talk about the different alternatives for heating your home. Find out when it’s time to upgrade your heating unit and when you can make modifications or repairs to your old unit to improve its efficiency or keep it going a while longer. Also, check out the pros and cons of different alternative heating options from geothermal units to pellet stoves. Your home heating answers are here!


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Everything You Need To Know About Fiber Cement Siding

Freddie Kuhn

Sometimes fiber cement siding cannot be distinguished from wood siding but it has advantages over wood siding and will add value to your home project. This type of siding comes in straight pieces and is somewhat flexible, but it must be carefully handled to avoid damage. 


Installing the siding will require at least two people unless you are working with the smaller side pieces. The product must be kept dry and instructions must be closely followed. Specific tools are required and the added labor must be considered before you start the process to determine if you need extra help.


Low maintenance is a plus as well as the fire protection and termite benefits. The durability and superior resistance will protect your home from moisture and is capable of withstanding various weather conditions, including ice, snow, and heat without the danger of decay.

The composition requires little maintenance and does not require cleaning and painting as wood or vinyl siding to maintain its beauty. Most companies place a 50-year warranty on the product, which says a lot for its durability. Some other benefits include:

  • Fiber cement siding maintains its painted surface
  • The trim board can be purchased in various sizes.
  • The siding is not affected by localized heat, whereas other products such as vinyl will normally melt. It also maintains class 1A fire rating.
  • The US Green Building Council has recognized the sustainability and durability of the product.
  • The materials do not rot or allow wood-boring insects to permeate the surface. Its texture is also resistant to ultraviolet rays and salt damage if you live in a coastal area.


Some maintenance will be required as the years pass. Costs range from $1,000 per square, or $10 per square foot. The siding does last a long time, but it also requires at least double the amount of workers versus what would be paid for vinyl siding (for example).

Important Considerations

If you purchase siding that has not been painted, it must be washed and dried before it can be painted. The siding must be completely dry to prevent shrinkage after installation. Be sure to keep the siding well covered if the materials are delivered prior to the time for the installation. No more than 90 days should lapse after the installation if you are planning to paint the surface. However, manufacturers offer pre-painted siding if they are the installer. 

Fiber-cement siding can also be combined with insulation and weather barriers to increase energy efficiency. All that is left is choosing the right siding for your budget and style preferences. You know the facts, and that makes the decision that much easier. For further assistance, contact a local outlet, such as Side-Pro, Inc.