How To Install Cement Board Siding

Fiber-cement board is a practicable alternative to wood and also vinyl. This material can withstand the elements and the attacks of so-called lower-life forms such as white ants. Its name sounds modern but the product has been discovered from way back around the First World War. Only the component has changed, from asbestos to cellulose. It looks close and as good as wood for wall siding because it is partly made of filaments of wood. When it comes to longevity and environment-friendliness, it also hits high marks. If you are convinced enough of the honest-to-goodness use of fiber cement on your walls, check out the procedure on installing it on your wall. Installing fiber-cement board siding will take you less than a day when you have all the materials prepared before starting.

  • Get your wall measurements. Getting all your measurements right is precedent to doing the job well. Determine the dimension size of your wall, that is, the measurement of the length multiplied with the measurement of the width. Make adjustments for entryways and windows that lay around the edges of your wall. Also make an allowance of 10% for throwaway portion of the cement board.
  • Cover the wall with construction papers. Stack construction papers on the entire wall. Wrap them around windows and doorways as well. Tack the trim sheets on the edges of the wall and wall openings.
  • Begin the installation of fiber-cement sheets. Begin at the lowest portion of the wall that you want covered. Get a starter band that is about an inch wide. That marks the bottom of the siding. Before starting to nail the boards, make sure you cut them symmetrically basing on the measurements you got earlier. You do not want a sheet that has a shorter face than the rest. The fiber-cement siding is better constructed at a level angle than in a stagger. Now that you have equally cut pieces, you can start nailing them one by one. Use a nail gun to install the nail on to the hoops. But do not drill down through to the sub-straight of the cement board. Use construction papers to plaster visible layers. To keep the nails invisible, place them at the top frame of the lower sheet for them to be covered by the overlying sheet.
  • Polish the siding. Finish through to the top. After having done so and you notice some nails sticking out from the corners of the board or near openings, you can do either of two things. You can get a piece of trim sheet to cover the exposed nails. You can also opt to conceal it with paint, which you can acquire from the same store where you got the cement sheets.

Your wall siding is going to last longer and better with the use of fiber cement. This material can withstand water, fire and rot. Not even the worst insect can penetrate its surface. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy the calming effect of your fiber cement-covered wall. Good for you, you will not have to think of installing a replacement in the near future.


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