Fiber-Cement Siding

JLC Field Guide: Fiber-Cement Siding

Fiber-cement siding is dimensionally stable, holds paint well and, unlike wood and wood-composites, won’t cup, shrink, or swell.

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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... More

Getting Kickout Flashings Right
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Getting Kickout Flashings Right

Leaks are a liability. It's so much easier and less expensive to invest in $15... More

Common Siding Failures
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Common Siding Failures

Avoid errors that will cause a fiber-cement job to fail More

Rainscreen Clapboard Siding for an Energy-Efficient Island Remodel
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Rainscreen Clapboard Siding for an Energy-Efficient Island Remodel

JLC visits the job site on Peaks Island, Maine, to see carpenters apply a... 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... 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... 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? 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 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 More

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