My neighbours have mentioned a newer type of siding board and/or panels
called "Cement Siding".
Supposedly suitable for our cold maritime climate and fairly easy to cut,
nail and install using regular wood tools!
One of them intends to or has used this on one end of his A frame summer
home as replacement for wood. Also saying it should a) Not be allowed to get
wet in storage and b) To paint it immediately upon installation.
Any comments/experience or idea what this is? I've seen some literature at a
building supplier's but no actual samples as yet.
Think of it as a hybrid of older-style fiber shingle siding (e.g.
asbestos), composites, and engineered wood. The industry has supposedly
learned from the mistakes of the 80s and 90s in terms of wood-fiber and
glue manufactured into siding board, and is using more advanced
materials with better resistance to rot and weather. (Presumably we'll
find out in about 10-15 years ... our neighbor's garage is made with
some of that lousy laminated cardboard siding, and you can poke a hole
through it with your finger.)
It isn't wood, it isn't plywood, it isn't fiberboard, it isn't asbestos
shingles, but it has some of the characteristics of each.
I haven't used it, but I've looked at it, and it seems durable. (I live
in Wisconsin.) Going with vinyl for our barn project for various
reasons, but on a smaller building I'd definitely consider it.
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