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Protect your Home with Phoenix Cement Siding

by Marcus Pickett

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Many areas of the country deal with seasonal changes that involve brief periods of heat and cold, sun and rain. The Valley of the Sun, on the other hand, is a city like no other for people who prefer the heat and abhor the cold. As easy as it might seem to protect your home in this unique climate, knowledgeable Phoenix homeowners know better. Your home's siding plays a central and pivotal role in basic home protection. That's why your best bet for new siding is the unequivocal protection offered by cement siding.

Cement Siding: Phoenix Siding like no Other
Ultraviolet radiation is a bigger risk than most people realize. It causes vinyl siding to fade and wood to age and crack. Plus, these forms of siding aren't nearly as impervious to fire, a nightmare scenario for a homeowner and a legitimate concern in Phoenix. Moreover, cement siding is insect-proof, waterproof, and is going to retain its original condition longer than any siding out there.

What about metal siding, such as aluminum? It's true that most metal siding is impervious to the sun and heat, but this doesn't make it a perfect fit for Phoenix. Thin metal siding is susceptible to dents and impacts, and when this happens it shows. Monsoon winds and accompanying branches and extraneous debris can quickly ruin, not just metal, but many types of less solid siding.

In fact, even cement siding isn't completely invulnerable: Like its more familiar concrete cousin, cement siding is as tough as nails, but its somewhat brittle nature makes it possible to crack with focused pressure. This means debris large enough to be moved by a monsoon wind poses little threat, but a hammer, lawn mower blade, or similarly shaped object can, in theory, crack your siding.

Cement Siding is Worthy of the Valley of the Sun
In the desert landscape of the Valley, the drab colors of conventional siding simply won't cut it. Like Shaquille O'Neal's personality, Phoenix is about being colorful. Cement siding is made from a combination of cement, sand, water, and wood pulp, but its appearance isn't determined by these materials, but by the absorbent quality of the composition. Cement siding must be either sealed or painted, but cement fibers absorb and hold the paint better than any other siding could hope. This means your color and finishing options are limitless, and whatever you choose will keep its luster for many, many years.

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Cost and Value of Phoenix Cement Siding
Need further proof that cement siding is a great home improvement project? Look at the numbers. Cement siding installation is one of the few home improvement projects out there right now that's projects to recoup more than 80 percent of its cost in additional property value. It's impossible to predict how much your project will cost without knowing the size of your home and the coverage area, but in Phoenix the average cost is $13,000. This is comparable to higher-end vinyl siding and metal siding, but not nearly as expensive as luxury stone siding.

Phoenix Cement Siding Contractors
You're probably not considering tackling your own siding installation, but if you choose cement siding, you have no chance. The same hardness that makes it such a great siding option also requires specialized, highly-skilled techniques to install. Unfortunately, this does mean your project is going to take a little longer. You'll need to do your homework to find a quality contractor, although ServiceMagic can help make this process a lot smoother. Plus, the installation itself can jump from a few days with other materials to more than a week.

Marcus Pickett is a professional freelance writer for the home remodeling industry. He has published more than 600 articles on both regional and national topics within the home improvement industry.