Cement siding is exactly as it sounds. It has the appearance of wood or hardboard siding with the benefits of cement. Cement siding gives you the warmth of wood and the durability of fiber-cement. It resists moisture damage, is low maintenance, won’t rot or delaminate like wood or hardboard, and withstands termite attack. Cement siding is a durable attractive alternative to wood, composite, cedar, vinyl, brick, or stucco siding. Cement siding will give you years of low maintenance when painted with a quality paint system.
Due to its low maintenance requirements and affordable costs, Fiber cement siding is becoming more popular. Unlike wood and cement siding, the upside is that cement siding will never rot or corrode.
First Step: Eliminate Any Previous Dirt and Mildew
Cement sidings should be clean and dry before applying new paint. To remove dirt and dust, first power wash the exterior with water. You don’t need to scrub off the dirt; a power wash should have enough force and pressure to do the job. For tough mildew stains, use a solution of bleach and water, wipe the mildew areas and rinse off after 20 minutes.
Second Step: Remove Old and Chipping Paint
If you need to change your paint color, you should first properly remove the old or badly peeling paint. Use a scraper to carefully remove the old paint. Make sure that no dust or chips are left on the surface.
Third Step: Caulking Your Siding
The process of caulking fills in the gaps and holes left in the wall after old paint removal. However, it is also important to apply it the right way.
Fourth Step: Priming Your Fiber Cement
We recommend using an additional primer coat on top of fiber cement. Fiber cement is made of sand and portland cement, which is designed to absorb paint quickly. An additional primer coat will give your fiber cement siding a better, more consistent sheen on your finish.