Compared to wood board or shakes, fiber cement siding requires less maintenance. It’s more moisture-resistant and less prone to cracking than other materials.
Here are tips to make your fiber cement siding last longer from A Cut Above Exteriors, your local home exterior contractor.
Take Care of Your Gutters & Downspouts
Clogged gutters can overflow and cause rainwater to fall down your home’s exterior, damaging the siding. Always keep your gutters clean and clog-free to prevent this problem. Gutters must be cleaned at least twice a year, preferably at the beginning of winter and spring. You should also inspect them after a weather event. Gutters that are rusting, peeling, flaking, or aren’t secured against the fascia must be repaired or replaced.
Regularly Inspect the Caulking
Though fiber cement is highly moisture resistant, it can still get affected by condensation, leaks, warping, and mold. A waterproof sealant like silicone caulk is usually used for moisture protection. Inspect the caulk on the siding at least once a year. Look for gaps and cracks that require repair.
Your local exterior siding contractor, A Cut Above Exteriors, specializes in Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS). Problems with the EIFS can result in moisture issues, which can then lead to structural damage. Immediately get in touch with us if you suspect problems in your home’s EIFS.
Keep Your Siding Clean
Mold and mildew can grow on a neglected siding. They can compromise the siding’s paint and pose health risks to your household. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when cleaning your siding. Some manufacturer’s instruct to only use a low-pressure spray and a soft-bristled brush on the siding.
Have Your Siding Repainted
Pre-painted fiber cement siding is painted by the manufacturer. Some companies guarantee their products against peeling and chipping for a certain number of years. Meanwhile, primed fiber cement lets you pick your own paint color, but it’s not covered by the same warranty. Keep in mind that fiber cement siding should never be stained.
Hire A Cut Above Exteriors for siding that can protect and enhance your home’s beauty decades. Our team installs HardiePlank®, stone, cedar siding and more. Call us at (503) 334 0733 or complete our online form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Portland, OR and areas around Oregon.