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Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement siding has become a popular choice in recent years, accounting for roughly 15% of new home construction. Although more expensive than vinyl siding, fiber cement is much more substantial. It’s impact resistant and is available in a wide array of colors. Topper Construction installs the most popular brands, including Hardie, CertainTeed, and Nichiha.

A unique blend of wood pulp and cement, fiber cement siding combines the unrivaled performance of brick with the classic aesthetics of painted wood. After first hitting the market in the mid-1980s, fiber cement has quickly claimed a strong foothold in the siding industry as the exterior of choice in high-end homes and commercial buildings.

A siding for all seasons

Fiber-cement siding is a true dynamo. In the arid west where wildfires are a concern, it’s a safe option because it is noncombustible. On the coasts, salt, moisture, unrelenting sun and gale-force winds are no problem for fiber-cement. In the south, insects and fungus are prolific but find no comfort in fiber-cement. Finally, fiber-cement is perfectly at home up north, where bitter winter cold and summer heat can weaken and crack lesser siding products.

Frequently Asked Fiber Cement Questions

What is fiber cement?

Fiber cement is a material created by mixing water, wood pulp, fly ash or sand, and cement. The result is both strong and flexible, and can be formed to mimic almost any other kind of siding material. The cement provides extreme durability, while the wood allows for a material that can adjust to the contraction and expansion that are often caused by temperature changes.

What sort of maintenance is involved?

No product is truly maintenance-free, but fiber cement will get you close. With any siding, it’s important to clean it at least once a year. Simply hose down or power wash your siding, and inspect any caulking to make sure there are no pathways for water to pass through. Other than this, your fiber cement siding shouldn’t require any extra work or time.

Primed or Factory Pre-Colored?

Most fiber cement siding comes in two flavors: primed or factory pre-colored. Primed requires painting, but offers the advantage of letting you pick a custom color, whereas factory pre-colored has a finish warranty for up to 15 years.

With Topper Construction, you’ll see the benefit of nearly three decades of experience. When you decide it’s time to have new fiber cement siding installed, contact Topper Construction at 301-874-0220 or email us at We can help you with projects in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Northern Virginia.