How to Install Fiber Cement Siding

Are you tired of maintaining your wood siding but still love the look of the grain? Fiber cement siding can offer you the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the craftsmanship look of a wood sided house, while enjoying a product that requires very little maintenance. If you are ready to make the switch, you need to know that the product does not install like other siding materials.

The Little Details Matter

When installing fiber cement the little details matter from start to finish. The siding needs to be kept clean and dry, while also lying flat (and not in a mud puddle). Cutting the boards upside down will help your lines to be straight and accurate.

Placement of the fasteners is important. There are specific techniques, like blind nailing, that work best when placing fasteners. Making sure that you have them in the right places on each piece of siding will help assure that you have a product that will be durable and weathertight.

What Fasteners to Use on the Material

Using fasteners that are corrosion resistant, like stainless steel, are the best choice. These are the recommended fasteners for fiber cement. The product can be attached onto OSB or plywood. However, you want to avoid using staples, d-head nails, clip nails, aluminum nails and glue on the product.

When installing it is critical to remember that fiber cement will not expand and contract the way that other building materials do. Therefore, when you are installing siding around doors and windows you want to leave a 1/8 inch gap to allow the window room to expand. This is one of the biggest mistakes made when installing fiber cement. For a more detailed look at how to install fiber siding on your house, along with what not to do, check this out: