When the time comes to replace the siding on your home, it helps to think of it as an opportunity to give your home a completely fresh new look. Siding is integral not only to how well your home performs and functions, but also how it appears.
And with versatile, durable, and low maintenance fiber cement siding, you have the opportunity to give your home a complete and total makeover. With fiber cement, you have many options for the final appearance of your property, and every single style comes with the same durability and ease of maintenance that makes fiber cement so attractive in the first place.
If you’ve been wondering just how dramatic a change switching to fiber cement siding can be, take a look at these before and after exterior home remodel projects.
Creating a Significant Style Change
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Before being given a significant exterior overhaul in its appearance, this home had a very distinctive look that was in keeping with both the architecture and the area it was in. The home was primarily covered in stucco – a material that has significant long-term drawbacks, as it tends to crack, peel, and require frequent repainting and patching to keep it structurally intact and looking its best.
And while stucco was in keeping with the architecture, the overall style of the home was fluid enough that given a new type of siding, it could result in a significant change in appearance. That’s what cladding it in fiber cement siding did.
The dark blue, horizontal lap siding with crisp white trim makes the entire property look new. While no significant architectural changes were made, beyond replacing the deck and the siding, the property takes on a new appearance and a style that’s a lot more modern and fresh in appearance.
Fiber cement is also much more durable than stucco. While stucco can develop problems over time with moisture, softening and crumbling, then requiring patching and repainting. This type of constant repair and patching often means that the entire exterior needs to be repainted as well, as the patches will otherwise stand out.
Fiber cement does not crack, chip, rot, break or require the same level of care and repair as stucco. It’s resistant to water and fire, as well as insect activity, so no matter what type of climate you live in, your new siding will keep looking great year after year. This means that your new exterior remodel will not only give your home a fresh new look, but that look will also outlast many other materials to give you the best value for the remodel.
This property uses fiber cement siding along with cedar shingles to get a completely different look and style. It can take on the appearance of real wood and is so incredibly realistic looking it can even be paired with real cedar shingles as an accent without detracting from the overall look and style of the home.
This home uses fiber cement siding in a horizontal lap installation over the majority of the exterior. The cedar shingles make up an accent beneath the gable that helps add some interest to the home. The two materials work well together both in texture and in color to bring some added detail to the façade.
While this home is significantly smaller and less detailed than the previous property, too many details would end up simply overwhelming the exterior. Therefore, keeping it simple and using the cedar as an accent produces a much more simple and effective result.
Combined with a metal roof, this home is now significantly lower maintenance than it was before as well. The fiber cement requires no care, and while the cedar does require more maintenance, it’s placement just below the gables will help to keep the majority of the moisture and wicking associated with its installation at the ground line from being an issue.
The result is a home perfectly suited to its environment in every way. It blends in well with its surroundings aesthetically, and the low maintenance façade will help ensure that no matter what type of weather the property is exposed to, it will continue to look great and perform well for many years to come.
Create Your Perfect Exterior
With fiber cement, you can create a variety of beautiful and versatile home exteriors. If your siding is ready to be replaced, consider creating your own unique look and style by installing fiber cement in its place.