What is the top rated siding material? Fiber-cement siding, of course! This siding is made primarily from cement, sand and wood fiber, which makes it more durable than other forms of siding. It typically lasts years longer because it is fire resistant, does not rot when wet and offers termite resistance.
However, despite the many benefits of fiber-cement siding, issues can still occur if the siding is not installed properly. As your local professional siding contractor in Calgary, we’ve put together a list of these common issues and ways to avoid them.
Breaks in the siding should never be placed over dryer vents. Water can leak through the joint onto the vent pipe and into the interior. This same principle applies to any other openings and pipes in the exterior of your home. If placing a break over a vent or pipe is inevitable, however, use a hose bib so any water can drain out instead of into the wall.
Installation instructions for most fiber-cement siding are pretty similar. However, it is important to read the Evaluation Service Report (ESR) document carefully to determine how far from the bottom edge nails should be spaced, as well as the clearances needed above adjacent surfaces and the overall nailing patterns for the particular product. Nails placed too close the edge will cause the siding to push and pull with the wind and expand and contract as the siding heats and cools during changes in the weather.
Similar to ensuring that nailing patterns are followed correctly, extra attention should be given to the butt joints as well. Butt joints should be located above studs whenever possible. However, in cases where this is not possible, a metal plate must be used for butt joints that fall between studs. Never leave a gap at a butt joint; all butt joints should be installed in moderate contact with one another.
Door and window openings
When installing fiber-cement siding around the edges of a door or window opening, be sure to leave a 1/8-inch gap. Leaving a gap will allow the siding to expand and contract with changes in temperature without causing warping or damage to the siding or the frame.
When installing siding along any horizontal surfaces, it’s important to reference the ESR to check for minimum clearances required in these instances. Minimum clearances can vary from one manufacturer to another.
When installed correctly, fiber-cement siding can provide your home with a quality, durable exterior that will stand the test of time and the elements. However, to get the most out of your fiber-cement siding, it’s important to ensure that it is installed correctly. By following these few tips, you can ensure that your fiber-cement siding will perform at its best.
For help with siding installation, contact Rhino Exteriors, your local professional siding contractor in Calgary. With over 10 years in the business, we deliver superior expertise and skill on every siding installation project, and we look forward to working with you soon!