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A fiber cement board’s qualities as an exterior siding make it good for interior applications, too.  Here are 10 ideas to try yourself.

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Fiber cement board is almost the perfect exterior siding. Made of wood pulp and cement, it is durable, low maintenance, and resistant to fire, bugs, rodents, mold, and moisture. It can be made to look like wood clapboards or shingles, stucco, stone, and brick. It can even be painted or stained. Can you say versatile?

You save more than once with fiber cement. It has energy efficient properties, adding insulation to your home to help cut heating and cooling bills. It is also less expensive than the sidings it can imitate, which gives you a good return on your investment.

Why inside?

The same qualities that make it so attractive for exteriors make it a good material for indoors, too. Plus it has acoustic properties, so your house won’t sound like an empty cave. Because fiber cement is so versatile, it can be used as it comes (in gray) or cut and colored. Clapboard style fiber cement planks give you the look of wood without the cost or the maintenance.

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Panels come in more sizes than plywood or drywall, lending it to even more applications. Install them directly on the studs, and caulk the joints. Seal the entire surface. They can also be cut to use as trim.

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Interior uses

Create an accent wall in any room. Stone, stucco, brick, or plain gray will make a statement. Add colorful accents in furniture and accessories.

  • Install panels on a wall of your bedroom, and let it double as a headboard.
  • Fiber cement board panels give a space an urban loft look. Think large open space, big windows, and exposed ductwork.
  • Gray is a good neutral color for any room. It is classic, dramatic, and sophisticated. It is modern, minimalistic, and slick, and looks great with glass and steel. Or take the edge off with soft, chunky furniture and curving lines.
  • Make a platform for your bed.
  • Cover your walls and ceiling with clapboard planks of fiber cement. The lines add visual interest. The gray makes it very modern.
  • Planks of the faux wood finish on walls and ceilings give your home a cabin feel, like good ol’ knotty pine. Install either horizontally or vertically.
  • Fiber cement is an excellent backing for tile countertops in the kitchen or bath, because of its mold and moisture resistant qualities. Check with the manufacturer to see if can be used in the shower. Some can, some can’t.

Not DIY

Because fiber cement board is heavy, and some pieces are large, it is a 2-person job. Special tools are needed for cutting, too. I suggest calling a contractor, unless you are a serious handyman.

Either way, fiber cement goes up quickly and easily, adds insulation, and is practically indestructible. It’s a good choice for exteriors and interiors alike. Other sidings can’t say that!

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Nan Fischer

Nan Fischer has been living and building green for over 35 years. Nan’s emphasis on the BuildDirect blog is about how to make your dollar stretch further, while also moving toward a more sustainable lifestyle, as well as upcoming and existing technology to help us live in an ecologically-friendly way. Nan also authors posts on the website of her seed business, sweetly seeds.