Advantages of Fiber Cement Siding

What is Fiber Cement Siding and what are the advantages of choosing this exterior material over others for your home? Many home buyers ask how the increased benefits of using fiber cement siding products can offset the added expense compared to less expensive options like vinyl. The answer is simple: Value is generated by quality which is represented in durable long lasting products. 

Fiber cement materials, such as James Hardie, are cement based exterior products that are made of cement, sand, silica and other additives which are pressured and molded into the finished product, then lab tested to withstand elements in all variations of climate such as hot, dry, wet & cold.

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The following advantages of fiber cement siding over other materials clearly made it the right choice for the quality standard of new homes that Arbutus builds at The Meadows.


Fiber cement siding is impact and weather resistant and can last for decades. Vinyl may crack and warp from the natural elements, whereas fiber cement can withstand extreme variation in weather such as snow, ice, heat and freezing temperatures without decaying. Fiber cement siding is more durable and resist warping, sagging and melting.


Since fiber cement siding can withstand the natural elements and keep its shape much longer than wood, there is no expansion and contraction. Paint adheres longer so there is little or no home maintenance required.

Fire Resistance

Fiber cement siding is not flammable since it is made up of more than 90% of inflammable material.  Vinyl melts easily in a fire and sometimes even from the reflection of the sun, while wood siding goes up in flames.

Pest and Rot Resistant

Fiber cement siding is impervious and not affected by moisture and handles water absorption better and protects against mold. Unlike wood, fiber cement siding will also not be eaten by animals or insects either.


Fiber cement products are much thicker than vinyl which gives a more authentic wood-grain effect by allowing deeper grooves. Different cladding products are also offered such as boards, shakes and panels.


Due to the durability of fiber cement, most manufacturers offer warranties on their products against defects for up to 50 years.

Homes built by Arbutus use fiber cement products so that we can give homeowners confidence that their home is protected from weather elements, safe for their families and will look great for years to come. Design flexibility, colour options and a variety of styles and accents also make fiber cement products a top choice for us in building a quality home that your family can be proud to call home.

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