Siding is one of the most important things that you can invest in for your home. Siding protects your home from the elements, while enhancing its curb appeal and raising its value. So when it’s time to purchase new siding, a lot of people turn to fiber cement, an extremely durable product that gets you an incredible return on investment. Best of all, fiber cement siding can be formed in a mold with real wood to give you the appearance of wood siding – without any of the maintenance.
1. Rustic, natural wood homes are a big draw in some areas, but they can be difficult to maintain. Replacing your wood with fiber cement siding allows you to keep the appearance without the upkeep. In this case, the fiber cement siding has been stained to help capture the look of real wood for this rustic cabin. The fiber cement looks so real in fact, that it pairs beautifully with the natural wood columns in the front.
2. Fiber cement may be a manmade material, but the way that it’s formed gives it the appearance of a natural wood grain. This home utilizes fiber cement in both horizontal lap siding and in natural-looking shakes, both stained to give them appearance of real wood. The natural looking grain helps to enhance the home’s exterior and architectural style.
3. Fiber cement not only comes in planks, it also comes in several different versions of shingle siding as well. In this case, variation between the sizes of shakes helps to enhance the appearance of the wood grain, giving the siding a more natural appearance. Even painted, these shakes still have the look and feel of real wood.
4. Contrast on modern homes helps to make the lines of the building stand out. And with the ability to find siding in different widths, and the ability to either stain or paint the planks, fiber cement can complement not only rustic and traditional homes, but contemporary buildings as well. In this case, two different widths and colors of horizontal lap siding make this home stand out from the crowd.
5. Wood is a very versatile material that allows you to get several looks for your home. Fiber cement siding is able to duplicate them all with ease. This home utilizes not only shingles, but also a style of board and batten siding that helps to draw the eye and emphasize the clean lines of the architecture.
6. The grain of the material is important to helping make your home look natural, but so is the ability to vary the hue of the stain. This home contrasts smooth fiber cement panels with a natural-looking wood grain on the horizontal lap siding, which has a natural looking variation in color and tone as well.
7. Natural wood shingles don’t always install in a nice neat line, which can help to bring a pleasing irregularity to the home. Fiber cement shingles are also available in a natural-looking offset pattern that can produce the same affect. Available painted or stained, these irregular shingles can mimic the appearance of hand split shakes.
8. Get a contemporary look for your home and the natural wood look you want at the same time with fiber cement planks with a realistic wood grain. Available in multiple sizes to customize the look of your home, you can even have the rivets and screws color-matched to the siding to help them blend in better.
9. Fiber cement siding allows you to follow your home’s architecture no matter which direction it happens to call for. The material easily switches between horizontal lap siding and board and batten siding as it moves over the house’s exterior. And because of the way that the color is applied, it won’t peel or fade in places, so it can maintain its great looks for many years to come.
10. Architectural detail is important to many homes and buildings. Fiber cement siding allows you to capture even the most decorative details with the look of real wood. These half round shingles can be painted or stained in any color to mimic the look of handmade shakes.
11. With the ability to match the filler strips to the panels, fiber cement can give you a variety of intricate looks with any size of plank. The natural wood color and grain on these panels and fillers helps to give this building a transitional appearance.
Fiber cement siding has all the looks and versatility of real wood, including the ability to be painted or stained in a variety of finishes. Unlike wood, however, it requires no regular upkeep or maintenance, and will never rot, peel, or warp. Take another look at fiber cement siding for your home to get the best of both worlds in style and durability.