An Allura & Fiber Cement Siding Introduction
Are you considering replacing your commercial or home siding with a durable, attractive, low-cost siding product installed by an expert siding installation contractor?
Here A Touch of Color of Raleigh, NC, will reveal the history of fiber cement siding. Additionally, we will introduce a small and somewhat new siding manufacturer that you may not recognize. Does the name Allura ring a bell?
In a later article, we will offer a complete guide to installing Allura siding. For now, let us further explore Allura as a company.
A Brief History of Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement was invented in the late 1800s by Austrian Ludwig Hatschek. Initially, fiber cement was created by combining cement with a small percentage of Asbestos. At the time, companies thought Asbestos was needed to improve bonding and reinforcement.
Eventually, manufacturers removed Asbestos due to its intrinsic health hazards. 20th-century builders widely used fiber cement during the last century for various homes and commercial projects, primarily due to its affordability, fire, and moisture-resistance, and lighter weight by comparison.
Now, with Asbestos removed, fiber cement is safer long-term for occupants. Today’s fiber cement primarily contains cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers.
Allura Siding Options and Advantages
Allura is one of the newer fiber cement siding options! Siding installers are compelled to used Allura mainly due to the guarantee, quality of products, numerous options, and unmatched customer service.
Allura provides a complete product line that you can trust! Their products span the full gamut of siding options, from siding to panels, soffit to shingles, backer boards, trim, and more. Peace of mind and convenience make Allura a great choice for your home siding installation project.
Consider and Compare Allura Fiber Cement Siding
The longevity and aesthetic reveal of fiber cement siding make it very versatile. It costs less than brick, synthetic stucco, and most wood siding.
The average life of vinyl siding is approximately 25 years. Vinyl siding, made from plastic (a petroleum-based product) becomes bridle and oxidizes over time. Consequently, once vinyl fails, it almost always demands complete replacement. When considering longevity, fiber cement lasts longer than vinyl siding and is more versatile.
In short, for versatility, durability, and price, there is currently nothing that compares to fiber cement.
Durability & Reasons to Purchase Fiber Cement Siding
When installed properly, fiber cement lasts a long time, but more regarding installation in our next article. Perhaps even more remarkable is its ability to closely emulating traditional wood siding, sporting a natural-grained feel without demanding the care that standard wood requires.
Did you know that fiber cement is heat and weather-resistant? Unlike classic wood, fiber cement does not warp or rot, nor will it expand or contract at the rate of conventional wood fibers. Lastly, fiber cement provides a relatively simple and cost-effective installation process.
Our next article will thoroughly cover the installation process of Allura siding – a guide that siding contractors and homeowners will not want to miss. Of course, knowing the process and physically carrying it out are two distinctly different things.