Fiber cement siding is one of the most durable, long lasting materials you can use to cover your home. In fact, it’s such an incredible investment, that it’s topped Remodeling Magazines list of projects with the best return on investment for the last few years running. So it’s no wonder that more and more people are beginning to turn to fiber cement when it comes to all of their exterior housing needs. Once confined solely to the exterior siding of the home, homeowners are now beginning to use fiber cement on their roofs, decks, porches, porch ceilings, trim, and more. So it’s no wonder that anyone that has experienced the low maintenance and durability of fiber cement may want to branch out and use it in more areas as well, including on their fencing.
Using Fiber Cement on a Fence
The good news is that many different types of fiber cement product can be used on fencing. Much the same way that the planks and panels are being used to cover decking and ceilings, they can also be used to cover your fencing as well.
Fiber cement is made up of a mixture of sand, silica, Portland cement, glass, and cellulose fiber. It’s made in a mold with real wood, giving it a realistic looking texture that looks just like real wood once it’s been painted or stained. Unlike wood, however, fiber cement doesn’t rot or burn. It also doesn’t peel or fade once the color is applied, which means that a fiber cement fence is going to be a lot more durable and low maintenance that a fence made out of traditional materials. And unlike vinyl fencing, fiber cement doesn’t crack upon impact, nor does it melt in hot temperatures, so your fence is going to continue to look as good as it did on the day that you had it installed.
Fiber cement siding can also be used with real wood, so if you want wood posts for your fencing, the materials can work well with one another, giving you the fence that you want surrounding your property.
Lap Siding on Fencing
One of the most common ways to create a fence using fiber cement products is to use the same lap siding planks you would use to cover your home’s exterior. The difference is simply in how you install them; rather than using them in a Dutch lap over an existing structure, you can use the planks vertically and secured to horizontal beams with vertical posts placed just like they would be in a more traditional fence. If desired, you can finish the top of your fiber cement fence using the same trim you would use to finish the siding on your home, giving your fence a more polished look.
And if you’re looking for a more contemporary-looking fence for your home, you can also install fiber cement lap siding in a “ship lap” installation on your fencing as well. In this case, the planks are installed horizontally and stacked right on top of one another to create a pleasing, contemporary look with vertical panels and posts for stability.
Fiber cement planks can be primed and painted on both sides to give you an attractive looking fence for your yard that is just as durable and low maintenance as the rest of your home. Now, you don’t need to worry about termites, wood rot, peeling paint, and other issues common to fencing.
Panels on Fencing
Using individual fiber cement boards isn’t the only way to create a fence using this product. You can also create pleasing, contemporary looking fencing using smooth or textured panels as well. Many homeowners with more modern homes are beginning to use fences made up of larger, smooth panels that are framed by horizontal planks and vertical posts, sometimes leaving the panels open a few inches at the bottom between the posts. Fiber cement panels make an excellent choice for this type of fencing. The smooth panels can be paired with traditional planks and painted or stained in a variety of different colors to give you a contemporary-looking fence that matches the rest of your property.
Or, if you want more texture on your fencing on the outward-facing side of your property, you can also use wood or stucco-textured panels to create a similar look, but with more interest for those observing your property from the road.
Protect Your Home with Fiber Cement
Whether you’re opting for a fence for security reasons or for aesthetics, it needs to last as long as your house does. With fiber cement siding, you can get the durability and low maintenance beauty that you’ve come to expect, in a fence that looks as good as it performs. Consider using fiber cement to complete your property to get the best of everything there is to offer.