A Review of Allura Fiber Cement Siding

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Jeff Guthrie

December 01,2022

Jeff Guthrie, founder of Phoenix Roofing and Repair is a lead Building Product Advisor on Roofing and Siding materials.

Built in the late 1960’s, my parents’ home has served them well for many, many years. Having raised three children and been the source of countless memories, there is just too much nostalgia with the old house to ever let it go.

But there have been times when we have wanted to. A major leak in the roof led to a full-blown roofing replacement several years back, and all of the windows and doors have already been upgraded to more modern products.

Now, as the wood plank siding seemingly drinks gallons of paint every autumn, the truth has become clear: a complete siding replacement is in the offing.

When exploring the various types of house siding, we knew that we did not want to go with traditional wood again. We are ready for our painting days to be over. Vinyl tiles are out of the question, as too many of my parents’ neighbors have horror stories of wind gusts ripping off their vinyl siding unexpectedly.

So what did we decide on? Allura fiber cement siding.

As their starter home has now become their forever home, fiber cement just seemed to check off all of the boxes for what we were looking for in a siding material. 

Fabricated from a mixture of sand, cellulose fiber, silica, and Portland cement, Allura fiber cement siding is an inorganic product that is completely moisture, fire, and impact resistant. It will last well over 30 years with the proper care (which does not involve annual painting!) making it the perfect low maintenance siding choice for my parents as they live out their golden years in the home that has become their dream.

If you are wondering why we decided on Allura instead of other fiber cement providers, the choice was clear: their wood-look products are far more authentic than their competitors, providing curb appeal that is nearly indistinguishable from the natural wood that served as a hallmark of my parents’ home for decades. So while my parents’ home will now be protected with a much more durable, low maintenance siding product than their previous wood planks provided, onlookers would never know it based on the rustic charm encapsulated by Allure wood-look fiber cement planks.

For more information on how Allura is changing the game in home design and renovation with its fiber cement products, keep reading for a detailed review of everything its products offer. 

Allura Products

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Although Allura is a nationwide leader in the manufacture of fiber cement siding, the company has a diverse product catalog, offering materials such as backerboard, soffit, and door and window trim.

With that said, it is the siding that is the company’s bread and butter. Allura offers fiber cement panels, lap siding, and shakes across a wide array of colors and designs to establish any type of exterior aesthetic that the homeowner prefers. 

Manufactured from a combination of sand, silica, cellulose fibers, and Portland cement, Allura fiber cement siding is one of the most sustainable building materials on the market. Although diverse in its design possibilities, it is Allura’s wood-look shakes and lap planks for which the company is most well-known. Some other benefits of choosing an Allura fiber cement siding product include:

  • Impervious to moisture
  • Class A fire rating
  • Elite impact resistance
  • Outstanding resistance to pests

At the end of the day, this wide range of unique benefits makes Allura fiber cement one of the most appealing siding products on the market. 

Cost, Installation, and Maintenance

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In terms of dollars and cents, basic Allura planks and panels will cost anywhere between $1.55 and $2.75 per square foot. Shakes and shingles will cost between $3.50 and $5.65 per square foot. 

In most locations, you can expect to add about $3 per square foot for installation costs. Be aware, however, that this figure may vary based on your contractor’s experience, the condition of your framing substrate, and overall square footage of your house.

So, as a ballpark estimate, you can expect the total installation cost of Allura fiber cement siding to be as low as $4.50 per square foot for basic planks to upwards of $9 per square foot for more intricate Allura shakes.

Opponents may try to argue that Allura fiber cement is more expensive than some other types of siding options. While this may be true in some cases, it is important to remember that Allura fiber cement requires next to no maintenance in terms of painting or sealing, so the lifetime cost of ownership is actually lower than for cheaper products that must be frequently fixed, treated, or replaced.

For example, most homeowners simply need to pressure wash their fiber cement siding once a year to prevent debris buildup that may cause discoloration. While some homeowners do report needing to paint their fiber cement siding, this happens only every 10 years or so. In the event that you do need to paint your older fiber cement siding, it takes paint very well and will result in a smooth, consistent appearance that locks in curb appeal for years to come. 

Allura fiber cement siding is available at many home improvement stores, such as Alpine Lumber and Ace Home Center. For specific locations close to you, the company provides this handy store locator tool.

Allura Warranty Information

Allura’s fiber cement siding comes with a 30-year warranty from the date of purchase. It is guaranteed to resist damage caused by hail or termite attacks and to be free from any defects in manufacturing and workmanship. For all of the fine print regarding Allura’s warranty, click here.

My Allura Fiber Cement Siding Review: The Right Choice for My Parents’ Home

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With my parents’ cozy old home aging alongside them, we have had to perform a number of major renovations over the years. The next project on the list is a siding replacement, as the decrepit old wood planks are consuming more in paint than what they are worth. To avoid this pitfall as my parents enter their golden years, the next siding choice is obvious: Allura fiber cement. Its durable, low maintenance fabrication is the perfect choice for securing the home’s building envelope for years to come, and with a wood-like fabrication that is nearly indistinguishable from the old wood planks, Allura guarantees that while the quality of the siding is cutting-edge, the heart and soul of the home remains the same.

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