Fiber cement is a popular siding material because of its quality and low-maintenance features. However, despite requiring minimal care, this shouldn’t be a reason for you to think that it’s okay to neglect your fiber cement siding and expect it to remain in the same condition for years.
Here are some tips to ensure your siding will look its best for a long time.
Regularly Inspect the Caulking
Fiber cement is known to be moisture-resistant. However, it’s not completely safe from leaks, condensation, mold and warping. That’s why contractors usually add a waterproof sealant like silicone caulk to join the siding to other parts of the home like the window sills, door frames and other edges. Make sure the caulk stays intact by inspecting it at least once a year. Look for cracks and gaps, and cover them with additional caulk.
Keep Your Siding Clean
Avoid a costly siding repair project by keeping it clean. Apart from maintaining a pleasant appearance, cleaning your siding equates to preventing the growth of mold and mildew. Mold and debris buildup can cause the paint to deteriorate over time so make sure to check the manufacturer’s recommended method of cleaning.
Some manufacturers are fine with pressure washing the siding while others suggest using only a low-pressure spray and soft-bristled brush to clean it. Doing this once a year is enough to keep your siding clean.
Repaint Fiber Cement
The paint on fiber cement siding usually lasts up to 15 years so expect that you’ll have to repaint it at some point. Repainting fiber cement can be an expensive task, but it also gives you the chance to switch to a new color. Make sure to use a high-quality, exterior-grade acrylic product, and do not stain your fiber cement boards.
Twin Cities Siding Professionals guarantees top-notch workmanship, so you can expect quality results from us. Call us at (651) 967-0873, or fill out our contact form to request an estimate. We provide our services to homeowners in St. Paul, MN, and nearby areas.