Working With Fiber-Cement Siding
Impervious to bugs and water, fiber-cement lap siding requires some special tools and techniques to be installed properly.
Synopsis: The author, a carpenter in California, details the installation of fiber-cement lap siding, an alternative to traditional wood siding that is handled somewhat differently. He covers layout, cutting, nailing, and sealing, with sources of supply.
The words fiber-cement siding may conjure up cold industrial visions, but this siding is nothing like cement. Ever since I started using fiber-cement siding, I’ve recommended it to anyone who would listen. When painted, it looks every bit as warm and inviting as wood siding. And in my area, at about $1.80 per sq. ft. installed, fiber-cement siding is similar in price to stucco and is actually cheaper than cedar siding.
Preparation: The old rules still apply
As with other types of plank siding, I sheathe the house with 1/2-in. CDX plywood and then install housewrap over the plywood. Next, wood trim is installed around windows and doors and at building corners.