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Fiber Cement Siding

What is Fiber Cement Siding?

At its most basic, fiber cement siding is basically just flat, pressed sheets (similar to boards) composed of a mix of sand, cement, and cellulose. These sheets can be cut to just about any size and painted almost any color, and can even be made to look like traditional wood.

And perhaps best of all, regardless of the color or style you choose for your Sacramento home, your fiber cement siding is basically maintenance free. In fact, it’s very possible that you’ll sell your home long before you’ll ever need to replace your siding.

Has Long Has Fiber Cement Siding Been Used in Sacramento?

Fiber cement siding was first patented in 1901 by Austrian Ludwig Hatschek, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that it became increasingly used in the United States after the health risks associated with asbestos were uncovered. Even then, fiber cement siding didn’t become widely used for residential applications until the early 2000s, including the Sacramento region.

Today however, fiber cement siding is widely used in and around Sacramento. It holds up extremely well to the sweltering summers we have here, and is very energy efficient in order to help keep your cooling costs as low as possible. In addition, although we have a wide variety of housing styles within Sacramento, fiber cement siding can be cut and trimmed into almost any shape, and can fit with any décor.

Fiber Cement Siding’s Many Uses

Regardless of where it’s used though, fiber cement siding can be applied to almost any surface on the exterior of your Sacramento home, including as siding / cladding, soffits and eaves, underneath areas exposed to water such as bathrooms, cornices, and more.

Are There Any Benefits To Using Fiber Cement Siding in Sacramento?

In general, fiber cement siding has a variety of benefits over traditional materials such as vinyl and wood, the most obvious of which is its durability. This is because, after the fiber cement siding on your Sacramento home has been installed, weatherproofed, and painted, it’s basically maintenance-free, and will provide many years of reliable service. This includes being rot and termite-proof.

Because of its fire resistance, if you’re thinking about building a home in a fire-prone area near Sacramento, or if you’re still recuperating from the recent Sand Fire, fiber cement siding’s natural fire-resistance means that you can have one less thing to worry about in the event of an emergency.

Fiber Cement Siding Warranties

On top of all these benefits, fiber cement siding also tends to come with solid warranties directly from the manufacturers, often for 50 years or more. Some of the more common fiber cement siding manufacturers include industry heavyweights such as HardiePlank®, CemPlank®, CertainTeed, MaxiPlank, and Nichiha.

Concerns When Installing Fiber Cement Siding Sacramento

Despite the durability, fire resistance, and adaptability for a variety of uses inherent with fiber cement siding, there are some things to keep in mind when it comes to installing it on your Sacramento home.

First, you’ll always want to make sure you choose a professional contractor such as Spectrum One to install fiber cement siding on your home, because we’ll have all the necessary equipment and know-how to get the job done right, on time, and on budget, with minimal impact to your busy schedule.
Cutting fiber cement siding can also generate a great deal of silica dust, which is classified as a human lung carcinogen (e.g. it causes cancer), and can lead to other debilitating illnesses, such as silicosis and tuberculosis. But the good news is that the specialized equipment we use will ensure that none of your family or our tradesmen are exposed to this dust.

In addition, although fiber cement siding is extraordinarily strong and durable once it’s installed, it can easily be broken beforehand. In fact, you can even score and snap fiber cement siding much like you can with sheetrock. And during installation, the use of improper nails can lead to moisture penetration to the interior of your walls, and to the growth of mold and other contaminants.

How Much Does Fiber Cement Siding Cost?

Instead of subjecting you and your family to these hazards, count on the professionals at Spectrum One to take the burden off you, and to make your life a little easier.

With that said, here in the Sacramento area, you can generally expect to pay between $3 and $6 per square foot to have your fiber cement siding installed. This includes all labor and materials, cleanup, and the hauling away of any remaining construction debris.

However, keep in mind that there are a wide variety of factors that can affect cost, so it’s best to call Spectrum One at (916) 571-2830, where we’ll be happy to meet with you, talk about your needs, and provide a one-on-one, customized fiber cement siding quote.

Why Choose Spectrum One For My Fiber Cement Siding?

Spectrum One has been in business for over 20 years committed to our founding ideals, such as integrity, professionalism and flexibility. We are being driven by the passion and imagination to look beyond our industry for new ideas and ways of doing things. We believe that the customer comes first, and that we have the knowledge, skill, and real-world experience to provide you with almost anything your imagination can dream up.

In our 20 years in business, we’ve been widely recognized as a Super Service Award Winner by Angie’s List and number of other social media organizations. We’ve also become part of the community in which we live. We’ve built many homes, from cozy to complex, and petite to palatial, but the one unifying trait all Spectrum One homes have is that they call Sacramento home, just like us.

When you want a hometown builder that can truly craft the home of your dreams, you want Spectrum One. Give us a call today at 916-571-2830, and let’s talk about how we can make it happen.