Just because your home or commercial building is constructed of concrete doesn’t mean it has to look gray and drab. Just like homes built from wood, concrete homes offer a variety of beautiful, durable and cost-effective siding options. Some of the most common types of siding for concrete construction include:
Fiber cement siding, an alternative to wooden or vinyl siding, is one of the most durable cement siding options. It is crafted from wood pulp, which creates flexibility, resilience and helps to prevent cracking; fly ash, which acts as a filler within the cement; and Portland cement, which is made from limestone, clay and iron and binds all the ingredients.
The result is practically indestructible and a great option for homes located in virtually any climate or conditions. It’s noncombustible, so it is ideal for dry climates. It stands up to high humidity, bright sun and winds up to 130 mph. Unlike vinyl siding, it easily withstands below zero temperatures and freeze/thaw cycles, so it will not become brittle or crack in cold weather. Additionally, it is resistant to termites, fungi and rotting.
Plus, there are a wide array of options for cement siding. Shingle fiber cement siding comes in wood-grain or hand-split textures. You can install it straight or staggered. There are various shapes, sizes and decorative pieces from which to choose; and it can come painted or stained directly from the factory. Sheet form fiber cement siding can also come painted or stained and in smooth, wood-grain or rough-sawn finishes. Those who choose stucco or brick fiber cement siding can benefit from the beautiful color and texture of masonry without the need or cost of professional masonry. There is also clapboard fiber cement siding, which is very aesthetically appealing and lends itself to many structure styles.