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Fiber Cement Siding Installation

By Karen Lawson
Fiber Cement Siding Installation

Putting up your own siding up can be a pretty big challenge; however if you have the motivation and time it is definitely something you can do. Once you have all of your supplies together to start your project time is of the essence. You don't want your siding to be up too long before it gets primed and painted. The absolute longest you'd want your siding left unpainted would be six months.

Fiber Cement Siding Installation Prep Work

Before the siding can be hung you need to cover the outside wall of your home. This covering can be either ply wood, foam sheets, oriented strand board or even a thicker piece of fiber cement siding. Once this step is done you need to cover the board with a sheathing to protect the underneath wall from water and moisture. Then take your chalking line and mark where the studs are located. Whenever possible you want to make sure you are nailing into a stud. The nails need to go into the stud at least 1 inch to insure a tight hold.

It is best to start out doing the inside and outside corners of the house. This is where your designer touch comes in. You can use big sheets of fiber cement siding and make it just one layer thick, or you can do slats and imitate wood plank siding. Depending on the brand of siding the instructions here can vary, so make sure you check with the manufacturer for any special instructions.

Once your siding is completely up and caulked you can now paint, don't let too much time pass before painting. Make sure the siding is clean and dry before you start painting. And you'll want to use a topcoat paint that is 100% acrylic.

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