Fiber-Cement Siding

Fiber-Cement Siding JLC Field Guide
Fiber-cement siding is dimensionally stable, holds paint well and, unlike wood and wood-composites, won’t cup, shrink, or swell. Learn more

Fiber-Cement Siding Featured Articles

Installing Fiber-Cement Siding
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Installing Fiber-Cement Siding

Fiber-cement siding is no fun to cut and handle, but its price and durability make... Read more

Securing Rainscreen Siding
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Securing Rainscreen Siding

Test results show how to properly install clapboards and vertical strapping over... Read more

Tightening a House When Replacing the Siding
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Tightening a House When Replacing the Siding

I don't think my client was planning on an energy retrofit when he first talked to... Read more

Open-Joint Siding
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Open-Joint Siding

In the Seattle area, where I work, we get a lot of rain. From the mid-90s to the... Read more

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Fiber-Cement Siding Instruction

The Case of the Sobbing Siding
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The Case of the Sobbing Siding

On a callback for a siding leak, a building inspector discovers that his roof... Read more

Do Fiber-Cement Butt Joints Have to Be Caulked?
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Do Fiber-Cement Butt Joints Have to Be Caulked?

Q: The clients on an upcoming project are interested in installing fiber-cement... Read more

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Q&A: Caulking Siding — or Not?

Q. When installing cedar clapboard, should gaps between the siding and trim be caulked? Read more

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Q&A: Ventilating a Rain Screen

Q: I plan to install clapboard siding using the rain screen method. The siding will be fastened to 3/4-inch vertical battens, nailed over each stud. At the top, I plan to ventilate the rain screen into the soffit area. What is the best detail to ventilate Read more

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Q&A: Backpriming Siding

Q: I have often read that wood siding should be backprimed before installation. But I believe that a primer without a finish coat is of no value, because I don’t think a primer can slow down moisture movement. Has there been any research or testing on thi Read more

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