Fiber cement siding has been a hot topic in the last few years. It gives homeowners a durable solution for their exterior and comes in an array of finishes and designs. Perhaps you’ve already seen how versatile fiber cement siding can be in home design. But do you know how fiber cement siding is made?
The material has been around for decades now, but fiber cement siding has evolved to accommodate the changing needs of homeowners and builders in the last few years.
For centuries, materials like wood, stone and brick were used to protect and add style to homes. Brick and stone masonry have long been popular for their durability and classic style but come with a high cost. Wood can be cheaper upfront, but it comes with considerable maintenance and needs to be refinished every few years to prevent rot and infestation.
In the early 1900s, Ludwig Hatschek of Austria invented a solution in the form of fiber cement. The original panels were made of a composite of asbestos fibers and cement, pressed together to form a highly durable and affordable product for home exteriors.
After decades of popularity in Europe, the asbestos-cement panels were banned from use in the 1980s due to rising safety concerns. But fiber cement siding as a concept remained viable and in demand, providing numerous solutions (and savings) to homeowners. So, a substitute was needed for the asbestos in the mixture.
To pivot to a durable yet healthy product, fiber cement product manufacturers now use a combination of Portland cement, wood fibers and other materials to create the long-lasting resilient panels. Specifically, Nichiha fiber cement panels are made from a patented composite of cement, fly ash, silica, recycled materials and wood fibers.Source
The fiber and cement composition is processed either as a wet or dry mixture, then pressed into sheets and cured in autoclaves (high-pressure ovens) so they harden into durable panels while still being flexible and workable as a finished product. The panels are then machined, finished and coated on all sides and edges, and after they’ve dried, are sorted and packaged up for delivery.
Fiber cement offers homeowners and builders a multitude of solutions for their exterior. Not only are the panels highly durable, but they also offer a sustainable and low-maintenance product that’s easy to work with.
When homeowners use Nichiha fiber cement panels, they benefit in a few other ways:
Fiber cement offers home exteriors strength and dependability, without the cost, maintenance or headaches that come with using materials like brick or wood. It’s no wonder the siding product has become one of the most popular choices for home and commercial building exteriors today: It’s an investment in your home’s future.
Nichiha fiber cement panels are manufactured with sustainability in mind and have been used to protect homes across the world for decades. Our patented fiber cement siding system offers a smoother installation process and is tested to the most stringent safety standards. With up to a 50-year warranty, Nichiha fiber cement siding is more than dependable over the long term.
If you’re looking for ways to enhance your home’s style, or need a high-performing solution for exterior protection, head over to our gallery for ideas and inspiration.