Can Fiber Cement Siding Help Fight Wood Rot?

Will Fiber Cement Rot?

If you’ve dealt with wood rot, you understand the perils of water intrusion. When it comes to your exterior, what seemingly goes unnoticed doesn’t eliminate the problem. In fact, when moisture invades siding, the longer it is left unseen, the bigger the issue becomes, and the more costly its repair. 

When water invades your home’s protective layer, wood rot, mold, and mildew can result. And if the issue goes on long enough, your home’s structural integrity can even be impacted. 

So where do you turn if you’ve experienced the costly damage moisture intrusion can cause? Read on and find out. 

The Problem with Wood Rot

Wood May Be Beautiful, But It Has a Downfall

Wood siding is porous and prone to rotting—particularly if it is not painted and caulked regularly to keep it sealed. If your bushes, trees, or other landscaping comes into contact with your siding, the shade and closeness of your landscaping may trap moisture against your wood siding, creating the perfect conditions for wood rot to develop. The lowest edge of your siding typically stays saturated with moisture and rots over time—unnoticed. Siding needs airflow to stay dry, so keeping shrubs and trees away from it will help prevent wood rot. 

Wood soffits and trim often rot on homes because they haven’t been maintained well, and are exposed to precipitation year-round. If you prime, paint, and caulk your wood siding, trim, and soffits regularly, you can help prevent wood rot. 

Wood windows often rot and require replacements. Windowsills are particularly susceptible to wood rot because water doesn’t run off them easily and sits on them for lengthy periods of time. 

Fascia tends to rot when gutters leak or overflow due to leaves and debris clogs. 

When wood, oxygen, warmth, and water are present, rot results. In fact, fungi that are constantly in the air cause wood siding to rot when these four conditions are present. And the rot will continue to flourish as conditions remain favorable. 

Tired of Wood Rot and Other Costly Moisture Intrusion Issues? 

If you want to safeguard your most significant investment from damaging wood rot in the future, you’ll need to replace your siding with a water-resistant material that is engineered to stand up to moisture year-round. Enter fiber cement. 

Safeguard Your Germantown Area Home from Wood Rot by Installing Hardie® Siding and Trim Products 

Home with james hardie siding installed in grey

The durable makeup of Hardie fiber cement products safeguards your home from wood rot and other moisture issues. The long-lasting makeup of fiber cement keeps your home well sealed against water intrusion. Its combination of cement, sand, and cellulose fibers deliver the resilience your house needs against moisture. Its makeup and curing process create a moisture-resistant material so you get to avoid the costly expense of unsightly wood rot, mold, mildew, and additional moisture issues—and bypass the hassle of repairing your siding. 

Engineered for Climate®, Hardie siding and trim products resist damage from moisture including cracking, splitting, rotting, and swelling. They endure hot, humid summers and severe storms due to their durable makeup. These siding planks stand up to hurricane-force winds and the brutal, humid heat of summer.  

Hardie siding is so well made that it lasts up to 50 years when it is installed properly and maintained well over the years. 

ColorPlus® Technology Won’t Crack or Chip—Protecting Your Home from Moisture

Another layer of protection comes when you choose the factory finished ColorPlus Technology that James Hardie provides. This strong, gorgeous finish is warrantied against peeling, chipping, and cracking for 15 years, ensuring your home’s protective layer is well sealed against moisture—including its finish. 

Moisture Resistance Keeps Pests at Bay Too

When wood rot occurs in siding, it compromises your home’s protective layer, making it vulnerable to pest intrusion. You can avoid major damage from termites, carpenter ants, and other insects by installing weather-resistant Hardie siding. 

Prevent Wood Rot with Simple Upkeep

In addition to installing resilient, weather-resistant Hardie siding and trim products, take care of your Hardie siding with these simple tips to ensure your protection from damaging wood rot. 

  • Choose a reputable contractor to install your Hardie siding. James Hardie thought of everything when it comes to protecting your home. They even train and certify contractors to properly install their durable siding—ensuring you get the long-term high performance you deserve from replacement siding. Look for a James Hardie Elite Preferred contractor (like us!), and you’ll know your siding will be installed with precision. This also aligns with James Hardie’s requirements to keep your 30-year warranty in place. 
  • Inspect your siding thoroughly twice a year and after any major storms. Take a good look at your siding, trim, soffits, gutters, and roof every spring and fall (and following severe weather). If you see small signs that your exterior needs some repairs, get to them quickly so they stay small. The longer you wait to fix things, the bigger problems become. 
  • Keep a good eye on your caulking and replace it as necessary. Caulking keeps your home well sealed and is a necessary component in preventing rot. Over time, it can begin to wear out and open the door to moisture intrusion. If caulking begins to deteriorate, replace it promptly. 
  • Make sure your gutters are in good working order. Gutters may be small, but they have a big job: they channel water away from your home. If they get clogged, water can seep into your siding and cause rot. Keep them clean so water flows away freely. 

Get Gorgeous Rot-Resistant Siding for Your Germantown Home

Moisture intrusion can be costly. Replace your siding with weather-resistant Hardie siding and fortify your home against rot. At Bluff City Exteriors, we install fiber cement siding with precision so you enjoy its benefits for years to come. Take a moment to learn more about how our siding services can protect your home from moisture damage and boost its curb appeal.