Having a beach house is a dream for many people. The ability to live right on the water is part of a culture that allows many people to relax, whether they live there year round or seasonally. Unfortunately, beach houses also come with a lot of special needs and maintenance that can be anything but relaxing. That’s why many people building beach houses today choose to do so with fiber cement siding, rather than more traditional building materials.
The Effect of Sea Air
That salty sea air that so many people crave when they decide to buy or build a house right on the water is unfortunately one of the biggest drawbacks to the location as well. Salt air and the humidity of the area mean that traditional building materials such as wood begin to peel, break down, and rot much more quickly than they would in another environment. So the maintenance on the house is often two or three times more than it would be on the same home built somewhere else.
This is where fiber cement siding can become a huge advantage. Unlike wood, which reacts negatively to moisture and salt, fiber cement is unaffected. The material is made of a mixture of sand, silica, cellulose fiber, Portland cement, and glass, rendering the siding moisture and rot resistant. In addition, the way that paint is applied to the fiber cement means that it doesn’t peel, chip, or fade the way it does on wood. So a home built on the beach using fiber cement siding isn’t going to be affected by the sea air the way that a house sided in wood will be. That means no swelling of the siding, no warping of the shingles or boards, no peeling paint, and no rotting siding to replace every few years. With fiber cement siding, you can relax and enjoy the sea air, instead of worrying about its effect on your home.
Water, Wind, and Storms
Another issue with building properties right on the beach is the stormy weather that can occur there. Hurricanes, high winds, big waves, and hail are all commonplace along the coastlines. So a home built on the beach needs to be able to withstand the kind of damage that occurs there from time to time.
Wood siding can be seriously damaged during a storm. Wind and rain can cause the siding to swell, warp, rot, and allow moisture to infiltrate to the substrate below. Hail can damage the surface of the siding, removing paint and exposing the wood below to moisture damage.
Fiber cement siding, however, is impervious to these issues. Wind, rain, and hail don’t affect the material the same that they do wood. This is because of fiber cement’s superior durability and moisture resistance, so no matter how big the storm you don’t have to worry about how your home will hold up.
One of the best things about fiber cement siding in addition to its durability and low maintenance, is the many different styles that it comes in. Many beach homes are known for their appearance, some taking on a cottage style with cedar shingles or shakes, while others are contemporary masterpieces, with lots of windows and smooth lines. There are even whole sections of beach homes covered only in board and batten siding or in ship lap siding.
Fiber cement comes in all of these different styles, and all of them look authentic and just like real wood. For example, you can cover your beach home in rows of evenly spaced fiber cement shingles that look like cedar, or you can go even more rustic with individual shakes for a more irregular look. Pairing vertical fiber cement panels that have integral grooves along with color-matched trim allows you to create the look of board and batten siding. Or use ultra-smooth panels with metallic trim to complete your contemporary beach home. And with several different sizes and styles of traditional lap siding, you’ll have no trouble creating either a Dutch lap or ship lap style for your home’s exterior.
All of these products come in a full range of colors and stains, so you can mix and match to create the exact look that you want for your home. Best of all, with the many types of trim and paneling available, you can extend your siding to every area of your home’s exterior, including on the underside of porch ceilings and on decorative trim, so you can be sure that your home’s protection from the sea air and storms is complete.
Create the Beach House of Your Dreams
With fiber cement siding, you can now have a beach house that not only looks great, but allows you to truly relax as well. No more yearly maintenance on your home’s exterior simply because of its location; with fiber cement you get the best of both worlds. Cover your new beach house with fiber cement siding to help ensure its good looks for years to come.