For many homeowners, the word "siding" conjures up images of the vinyl siding that's been popular as an exterior material for homes for a number of years. If you're in the market for siding for your home this year, you should know that you have other options when it comes to siding. In addition to vinyl siding and seamless steel siding, C&T Siding also offers fiber cement siding to our customers. Here's what you need to know about this increasingly-popular siding option:

1. It contains just four elements

Fiber cement siding consists of four basic elements. Element 1: Wood pulp, which provides the siding with its resilience and flexibility. Element 2: Portland cement, which is made of clay, iron, and limestone, is used as a binding agent. Element 3: Fly ash acts as a filler for the siding with some manufacturers choosing to use silica sand instead. Element 4: Water is used to dissolve the wood pulp as well as to activate and harden the cement.

2. It's available in multiple types

Clapboards and shingles are two of the most common types of fiber cement siding. The one that's best for your home depends on the size, finish, and other factors. C&T Siding can work with you to choose the right type for your needs.

3. It has a long warranty

While the actual warranties depend on the manufacturer, standard coverage against defects can range from 25 years to longer. If you choose fiber cement siding that has a factory finish installed on it, the standard warranty is about 15 years against fading and flaking.

4. It's easy to maintain

Fiber cement siding needs only minimal maintenance, making it perfect for busy homeowners who don't want to spend a lot of time on the upkeep of their homes. Simply spray it with a garden house every 6 to 12 months. Make sure you keep any bushes or other foliage trimmed back from the siding because it can dry out. In addition, fiber cement siding doesn't need to be painted as often as wood siding.

5. It's resistant to many things

One of the most important items to consider when choosing siding for your home is its resistance to common hazards. Fiber cement siding is resistant to both fire and termites—two common concerns. It also won't rot, warp, or buckle.

C&T Siding is here to help you make your home look its best. Give us a call today at 651.483.6146, or shoot us a quick message and schedule your free estimate!