Why Fiber Cement Siding is Best for Winter Weather

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Why Fiber Cement Siding Is Best For Winter Weather

When the temperature drops outside, house siding becomes your first line of defense. For this reason, you may want to consider fiber cement siding if you need to replace your home’s exterior. Manufacturers make fiber cement siding out of cement, sand, and cellulose fibers.

Here’s what else you need to know about fiber cement siding.

Resistance to Winter Weather

If you choose fiber cement siding, you won’t have to worry about how freeze-thaw cycles affect your home’s exterior. Fiber cement doesn’t expand and contract with fluctuating temperatures like other materials. Instead, fiber cement siding is resistant to cold temperatures, so it won’t crack or break.

With proper installation, cement siding is also water resistant. Cement board siding protects your home from melting snow and ice. This reduces your risk of mold, mildew, and rot.

Energy Efficiency

Want to improve the energy efficiency of your home? Pair fiber cement siding with wall insulation and weather barriers. When you replace exterior siding, it’s the perfect opportunity to install more insulation. Insulation not only prevents heat loss but decreases your utility bills.

No Mold or Mildew

People spend more time indoors during the winter. This means you’ll want to protect the air quality inside your home.

Fiber cement siding doesn’t have any overlapping seams. As such, you don’t have to worry about trapped moisture, mold, and mildew. Fiber cement siding stops allergens from entering your home so you can breathe easy.

Not all house siding options prevent mold and mildew like fiber cement. Call Eikenhout to learn more about our exterior siding products.


Fiber cement is not only water resistant, but is durable against wind, rain, snow, and even hail. The best part is that fiber cement boards can be made to look like wood shingles or planks. Fiber cement siding even comes in a range of colors and can be painted to complement the exterior of your home. Fiber cement siding is durable, yet customizable enough to add curb appeal to your home.

Region-Specific Products

Eikenhout is proud to offer fiber cement siding from the JamesHardie™ brand, which offers products built for your region. Michigan falls in Hardie™ Zone 5, which they describe as having “extreme seasonal temperature variations and year-round precipitation.” For this reason, the products for Hardie Zone 5 are tough against moisture intrusion, mold, expansion, contraction, and cracking.

Call Eikenhout to Get Started

Interested in our fiber cement siding products? Contact any of our nine Michigan locations to learn more about our inventory. As a building materials supplier, we’d be more than happy to help you with your next project. Call us today!

This blog post has been updated.

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