In Houston, siding is not an insignificant feature of your home. Heavy rains, strong winds, heat, humidity, and a piercing sun make siding an invaluable part of your home. Local climate also makes the performance of your siding an important issue when selecting a cladding material. If you've already started looking into home siding, you probably know there are quite a few options out there. In Houston, cement siding offers the kind of tough-as-nails performance you might expect from its name. What you might not expect, however, is that this siding is also among the less expensive options, and need not resemble the drab, coarse concrete of your sidewalk.
Understanding and Choosing Cement Siding in Houston, TX
Cement siding isn't just cement. It's a composite of cement, sand, water, and wood pulp, which is why it's also called fiber-cement siding. This specifically engineered product has all types of benefits for home siding. It's fire-resistant, pest-resistant, and is all but impervious to moisture, rain, impact, and wind. In short, it's as indestructible as stone siding at a fraction of the cost. Consider cement siding a miniature Galveston Sea Wall for your own home. On a street full of homes with vinyl siding, yours may be one of the few left relatively unscathed the next time a hurricane roars through the Gulf. In fact, you should check your homeowners' insurance to see if you stand to receive a discount for installing this low-risk siding.
This is what the nature of cement siding has to offer you and your home, but you'll also have a few choices to make, even after you've settled on cement siding. The appearance of fiber-cement can be fashioned to imitate other popular and beautiful siding materials. Most commonly, fiber-cement is engineered to appropriate the look of wood or stone siding. If you don't have your heart set on one of these looks, though, you may want to paint your cement siding. Fiber-cement holds paint well, and you won't need to re-paint your siding for some time. Long after your neighbor's siding has faded into a lackluster material, your cement siding will remain vibrant and ready for a new coat whenever you feel the time is right.
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Houston Cement Siding Installation
As worry-free as cement siding is for homeowners, its installation is far from it. The inflexible nature of fiber-cement makes it difficult to work with, meaning only experienced professionals should tackle the job of installation. If you're a hardcore DIYer, you should probably look at a different siding material. Of course, most of us don't intend to install our own siding, anyway. Still, you'll want to talk to several different siding contractors about their specific experience with cement siding. You don't want someone who specializes in other siding materials to assume the basic principles are the same, and that surely they can figure it out. Fortunately, cement siding in Houston and around the country has become, and is becoming, more and more popular. Chances are we'll be able to match you with several local siding contractors who have experience specifically with fiber cement. Talking to all of these contractors can help you feel confident that you've chosen the right person for the job and for the right price.
Cost of Cement Siding in Houston, TX
The cost of home siding is a slippery notion, especially with more choices within each siding material. Certainly, you can find vinyl or aluminum siding materials that won't run as much as cement siding. The problem is these siding products are thin, untreated, low-end materials. Vinyl and aluminum siding can be great siding materials, but only when they are constructed with additional thickness and/or coatings. The new upgrades to these materials are meant specifically to challenge the performance of cement siding. The problem is these upgrades also upgrade the cost, such that cement siding remains the most cost-effective siding over the long run.
ServiceMagic tracks all the home improvement projects we process to give you some idea of how much your project may cost. Naturally, the size of your home will play the biggest factor in the final price tag, but again, the choices you make, such as the finish or paint you want, will also have some influence on the cost. Our data tells us the national average for cement siding is around $7,000, although in Houston it's common to see projects come in well under this number. We've even had a couple projects come in less than $3,000. Of course, if you've got a sizable home and you're installing high-end cement siding top-to-bottom, your project can also easily exceed the $10,000 mark.