Many things influence your home value in Sacramento. The typical homeowner may not know the best move to boost value even more. One smart move, suggested by contractors and real estate professionals alike, is new fiber cement siding.

Which Fibers?

When homeowners hear “fiber cement” siding, many mistakenly think, “asbestos,” as with the type of siding used decades ago. Yet James Hardie siding, one of the top-selling brands in the United States, contains no asbestos. The company’s fiber cement siding contains these compounds and minerals:

  • Crystalline Silica (Quartz) 15 to 45 percent
  • Calcium Silicate (Hydrate) 35 to 65 percent
  • Calcium Carbonate <30 percent
  • Calcium Aluminum Silicate (Hydrate) <20 percent
  • Cellulose <15 percent
  • Carbon Black < 1 percent

The siding is made by combining cellulose (wood pulp) with cement. The wood fibers are the only fibers (no asbestos), and the minerals and other compounds form the strong, durable cement.

Home Value

Wood, vinyl, and aluminum siding are all susceptible to problems with their paint and finishes. Vinyl sags and warps in heat. Aluminum siding depends very much on its finish to keep it looking crisp and fresh. Plus, the metal is vulnerable to dents and dings.

Wood siding requires the most maintenance of all. To maintain curb appeal and home value, you have to keep wood siding preserved. Few home buyers will look at a house with peeling, chipped, neglected siding.

Fiber cement siding receives many color coats of factory finish. Unlike wood, you have no need of scraping, priming, and painting. Fiber cement siding can also take abuse which ruins aluminum and vinyl.

You will eventually need to repaint fiber cement siding. Yet, Modernize points out the paint lasts far longer on fiber cement than wood.

Cost Versus Value ranks siding replacement very high in the Pacific region. It provides an 86.6 percent return on your investment at resale time. With fiber cement siding, known for its longevity, you can enjoy years of beautiful siding. When you are ready to sell, you can recover most of your costs.

Are you interested in learning more about the advantages of fiber cement protection? Do you want to protect your Sacramento home with James Hardie siding? To learn about these and any of Straight Line Construction’s other services, please contact us today! We will be happy to meet with you and help you select the best strategy for increasing your home’s value.

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