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Fiber Cement Siding Installation Tips: Fiber Cement Siding

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Fiber cement siding is not that difficult to install if you have some basic information. One of the most important facts and really obvious is to follow your fiber cement manufacturer’s instructions that has been formulated based on their product and specifications.

Cement Siding: Prep the Surface

Make sure the wall or surface is prepared to receive the cement siding. Make sure that the windows, doors and openings have been flashed all around their perimeter. Also check if your manufacturer requires a weather resistive barrier.

Cement Siding: Store and Care

Fiber cement siding should be kept covered while not been installed on a clean, flat and leveled surface. The siding must be protected from direct exposure to weather that could damage the cement siding before it is installed. If you need to move siding pieces, be sure to carry them by its narrow edge and support it when you cut larger pieces.

Cement Siding: Tools and Materials

Fiber cement siding must be cut face down with a diamond tip blade. When an irregular cut is needed, a jigsaw equipped with a medium or course-grit carbide blade can be used. A diamond jigsaw blade will be useful too.

Hanging Fiber Cement Siding

Nails used to hang fiber cement siding shall penetrate at least 1 ¼” into the studs or the structural framing. Remember that the siding is hard so be sure the nails are located at the right place before driving them. If the cement siding is to be installed over wood sheathing (7/16’ OSB or ½” plywood at a minimum), it is recommended to use a 6d nail. Sometimes, if you are trying to drive the nails and you are having problems, you can pre-drill the holes to facilitate the job. Siding can be installed over wood and metal studs. These studs shall be a minimum 20 gauge, 3-5/8" C-studs. Fasteners shall be flush to the surface material. Do not counter sink or angle fasteners. When blind nailing, place nail 1" down from the top of the board; and when face nailing, place nail 3/4" up from the bottom

Source: construction.about.com

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