We at Sage Builders LLC know how important the durability of siding is to homeowners. Your home is an investment, and only the very best will keep your home protected in the long run. If you’re looking for a sustainable siding option, consider fiber cement siding.Fiber cement siding is referred to by many as the “wonder siding.” Most exterior materials fall short in at least one category, be it appearance, durability or maintenance. Fiber cement proves to be as good looking as wood clapboard or brick, yet it’s as resilient as masonry block. The basic recipe for fiber cement involves just four ingredients. By mixing together water, wood pulp, fly ash and portland cement, fiber cement is created. This composition makes fiber cement resistant to rot, fire, insects and splitting, unlike traditional wood siding. Fiber cement siding, which is available in either siding pieces or shingles, typically carries at least a 25-year warranty from the manufacturer. Some manufacturers warranty their fiber cement for the life of the house! Installation of fiber cement siding is best left to professionals. Due to the weight and design, construction experts are able to handle and cut the fiber cement correctly. Just like wood siding, fiber cement needs to be painted. This can be done by the manufacturer, at a local paint shop pre-installation or after installation. Warranties vary depending on the method you choose, as does the cost. By choosing to have the fiber cement painted prior to installation, you run the risk of not matching existing decor or limiting your color options, but may receive a longer warranty period. For more information about fiber cement siding or other sustainable design-build ideas, contact Sage Builders LLC today.