Every type of siding has its pros and cons. Fiber cement siding is no exception. While this variety is known for its ability to withstand high temperatures and salty air, it’s not without its disadvantages. Luckily, common fiber cement siding problems are quite fixable via simple DIY solutions.
Gaps may form between the planks. This is usually because the siding was too moist during installation. If the gap is less than 1/18-inch wide, you may be able to mask the gap by painting over the caulking using the same color as the rest of the siding. For wider gaps, however, you’ll need to bring in a professional to readjust the siding.
Fiber cement siding isn’t resistant to physical impact and can crack if struck. Cracks often occur when the siding is installed in a recently built home. This is because the house has not completely settled yet on its foundation. Instead of replacing the panel entirely, most cracks can be repaired using a fiber cement patch, available in most hardware shops. Apply the putty over the crack and smooth it out using a dull knife. Continue Reading →