Lowes Fiber Cement Siding
Whether you’re in need of new siding or you’re looking to replace your old siding, one material to consider is fiber cement. Over the past several years, more homeowners have opted to use fiber cement siding because of its low maintenance, its durability, and its resemblance to wood. In addition, fiber cement siding is seen as an environmentally friendly option because it’s an alternative to wood.
How It’s Made
Whether it’s Lowes fiber cement siding or fiber cement siding from P.J. Fitzpatrick, your siding is made from silica sand, wood pulp, and cement. First, the silica sand is turned into a powder and then liquefied. As this is going on, the wood pulp is also being liquefied. Once they’re both ready, they’re mixed together with cement to create a thick sludge. The water is extracted from the sludge using sieves and vacuums, and it’s rolled into sheets of fiber cement. The sheets are then cut and baked in order to harden. After they’re done, they’re painted a wide variety of colors.
Before it’s baked, fiber cement siding is usually imprinted with a stamp to make it look like wood. This gives the siding a more natural look compared to other options, such as vinyl or PVC. In fact, their resemblance can be so similar, fiber cement siding is often used to replace damaged or missing pieces of wood siding.
Wood vs. Fiber Cement
While wood and fiber cement siding may look nearly the same, they’re different in terms of durability. While wood can hold up against the weather, it’s susceptible to rot, insects, and fire (if it’s not treated properly). Fiber cement, on the other hand, is engineered to be fire-proof, insect-proof, and weather-proof, making it a more reliable choice to protect your home.
If you have your heart set on that true wood look, however, you won’t get it from fiber cement siding. Fiber cement can only emulate the look of painted wood, so if you’re in the market for a natural wood look, you’ll probably have to opt for the real thing.
If you think fiber cement siding is the right choice for your home, trust the beautiful siding that P.J. Fitzpatrick offers (instead of Lowes fiber cement siding). Give us a call today to get started!