Thinking about fiber cement siding? Maybe you’re considering installing it yourself, but you’re unsure of how to begin. These 9 videos will help you get a better idea of how it’s done, as well as tips and tricks for repair, choosing the right tools, and getting a professional looking installation when you’re through.
The team at This Old House explain some of the benefits of fiber cement siding, including its lower cost and higher durability than wood siding. They also show some of the different types of siding, including wood grain, and why you can get a better paint job on fiber cement than wood.
The video goes on to explain the type of saw blade you want to use to help cut down on the amount of dust the siding kicks up when cut, as well as other tools that are available for use on the material. These include attachments for drills and saws with dust collectors. The video finishes with installation tips to help make the finished job watertight.
How to Install Fiber Cement Siding – This Old House
Tom Silva from This Old House shows how to install fiber cement siding shingles. He explains how it can go up much faster than wood shingles, which need to be installed one at a time. He finds the studs first, then installs some Z-channel to help keep the water out.
Tom goes on to show how to back caulk and seal the ends of the siding before putting it up. He explains that the first row needs to be flared out slightly before installing the rest, and shows how to get the effect. He then goes on to show how to cut the cement using a utility knife, scoring, and snapping.
The video then shows how to overlap and install the siding right into the studs, with a 7-inch reveal between the shingles. It also explains how to line up the shingles and always end with a shingle on a stud for nailing. The video ends with explanations on how to install around tough areas like windows.
Installing Fiber Cement Siding and Cellular PVC Trim – Bob Vila
Bob Vila stars in this video building a home on a concrete slab, with concrete walls. After fir is adhered to the concrete walls, fasteners are put on to help ensure the siding – fiber cement – will stay in place. They go on to explain what fiber cement siding is made of, and some of its benefits such as its durability and the fact that it comes painted.
They pair the fiber cement siding with a cellular PVC trim that matches hardwood trim typically used in New England housing. The go to explain why this product is superior to wood, and give a list of its attributes and shapes.
Ezy Build Products Installing Fiber Cement Sheet Siding
This fast-paced video shows you how easy it is to put up fiber cement sheet siding. It begins with a K-strip adhered to the bottom plate, then the siding is sealed.
Caulk is applied to the expansion joints and along the edges of the installation to seal it. The panels are then put into place and nailed to the studs. The process is repeated to complete the installation.
This video by Bullet Tools asks you to visit their world where there is no saw dust when cutting materials like fiber cement siding. The video goes on to demonstrate how easy it is to cut fiber cement siding by inserting each board into the tool and pressing down on the handle to make a clean cut with no dust.
The video then enumerates the various attributes of the product, including a factory edge on each cut, no dust, and no wasted pieces due to inaccurate cuts.
Installing Fiber Cement Siding
This quick video details the end of a fiber cement siding installation. They explain how easy the siding is to work with, because you can use levelers that ensure each sheet will go up perfectly level once the first one is put in. He goes on to explain how to seal up edges, and how to nail directly into the studs.
How to Patch and Repair Siding
This video from FineHomeBuilding.com explains that no matter what type of siding you have, it may become damaged over time. The video goes on to explain the process of repairing siding by removing the damaged board and replacing it with a new one, without damaging the surrounding boards in the process. He shows how to do this using vinyl siding, making the cuts to patch the siding while you wait to remove the boards later on.
Summary of Installing Fiber Cement Siding with Siding Insulation
This video by Insulated Siding shows a home that had been covered in cedar, which is now sided in fiber cement. The home had been under insulated, so they used additional insulation with the fiber cement siding. Because they couldn’t use a thick flashing or insulation, they used aluminum and a thin insulation to help ensure that the siding doesn’t protrude around the windows and doors.
For the lower half of the installation, they explain why the used another product which gives a smoother, faster result.
Shari Hiller on Fiber Cement Siding Appearance
In this video by Insulated Siding, Shari Hiller explains how to get the best look on your home using fiber cement. She explains that if the product is not installed properly, or if your home is not completely even, the siding will not lay flat, which is evidenced by wavy shadow lines.
She goes on to explain the solution, which is Fullback FC siding insulation for fiber cement. She explains that this product will even out any surface irregularities and make the siding easier to install. She shows the difference in appearance after the insulation has been used.
These 9 videos are sure to help you learn more about fiber cement siding, its attributes, and some of the tools and materials necessary for installation.