Pros & Cons of Fiber Cement Siding for South Carolina Homes
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Pros & Cons of Fiber Cement Siding for South Carolina Homes

When it comes time to install new siding on your South Carolina home, you need assurance that you’ve made the right choice. There are plenty of siding options to choose from. However, fiber cement siding is worth mentioning.

Let’s take a look at all the pros and cons of fiber cement siding!

What Is Fiber Cement Siding?

Fiber cement siding is made out of four simple materials:

1.      Portland Cement

2.      Sand

3.      Water

4.      Cellulose Fibers (Wood Pulp)

Fiber cement siding made its debut in the 1980s to replace hazardous asbestos cement siding, becoming increasingly popular over the last few decades.

Fiber Cement Siding: Pros

Fiber cement siding offers plenty of advantages!


Fiber cement siding’s materials and composition make it one of the most durable in the industry. Fiber cement does not warp or rot and is crack-resistant. Additionally, fiber cement siding is highly resistant to whatever mother nature in South Carolina has to offer.


Since fiber cement siding can withstand the elements with its durability, it is--by far--the longest-lasting siding you can install on your home. This siding can last up to 50-70 years in some cases. So, installing fiber cement siding may be the last time you ever install siding for the rest of your life.

Superior Fire Safety

Fiber cement siding’s composition earns it a class A fire rating, the highest rating an exterior product can achieve. Unlike wood siding that adds to a fire and vinyl siding that gives off harmful gases when heated, fiber cement is unaffected by flames.

Fiber Cement Siding: Cons

Despite fiber cement siding's superior benefits, it also comes with drawbacks.

High Cost

Fiber cement siding is the armor of the home exterior world. Since it has superior durability, the individual pieces of siding are pretty heavy, which makes installation more laborious. Since it has a laborious install, it costs a significant amount more for installation.

For instance, vinyl siding costs around $3-$4 per square foot to install, while fiber cement costs $6-$11 to install.

Maintenance is Still Needed

Despite fiber cement’s 50-year lifespan average, it still needs to be maintained. Expect to put a fresh coat of paint on around the 25-year mark.

Install Fiber Cement Siding With Sea Island Residential

Are you considering fiber cement siding for your SC home or need roofing, windows & doors, and gutter work? Call on Sea Island Residential!

Get a free same-day quote online or give us a call at 843-593-3049 today!

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